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The 3 inch Stokes Mortar



Unloaded Weight : 112 Pounds

Length : 51 Inches

Rate of Fire : 30 Rounds per Minute

Range : 1600 Yards

Bomb Weight : 9.99 Pounds

Ammunition : High Explosive and Smoke


First offered to the British Army in 1915.  It was some time before the Ministry commited themselves.  They were initially concerned about a tumbling bomb and for this reason where somewhat cautious about it's effectiveness.  Their concerns were alleviated when Stokes designed and tested the new 'fin stabilised bomb'.  he also improved the firing pin so that it could be withdrawn and improved the sights.


With these changes made.  The Stokes 3 Inch Mortar entered into full military service.


Between the wars.  Stokes modernised the design and improved the bombs and with these improvements finalised.  The 3 inch became the heavy weapon of the Support Companies.






The 2 inch Mortar


Unloaded Weight : 19 Pounds

length : 25 Inches

Rate of Fire : 30 Rounds per Minute

Range : 470 Yards

Bomb Weight : 2.25 Pounds

Ammunition : High Explosive


In the 1930's the 2 inch Mortar was designed to replace the rifle grenades as a means of reaching further than the standard hand grenade.  It proved very successful with one being issued per platoon or  Troop.




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