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Type 97 Mortar

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  1. Jim

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    Curiously designated as the Type 97 'high angle infantry gun', this Japanese mortar was introduced into service during 1937 alongside the 90 mm 'heavy close attack gun' (also a mortar), both of which shared a common form of collimator sight. Although heavy to carry, the mortar represented the most effective form of mobile fire support available to either side in the Burma campaign.

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    • TYPE: Bipod-mounted infantry mortar
    • CALIBRE: 81 mm
    • BARREL LENGTH: 4 ft 2 in (1.27 m)
    • PERFORMANCE, Elevation 45° to 85° Traverse +/_ 8° Maximum range 9,361 ft (2,850 m)
     
  2. tom!

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    Hi.

    Well, there were three different caliber mortars designated "
    Type 97"

    Type 97 8 cm High-angle Infantry Gun

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    Type 97 9 cm Mortar

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    Type 97 15 cm Mortar

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    In addition there was a Type 97 experimental Short Mortar, too.

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    Note: Mortars used by infantry units were designated "high-angle infantry gun". "Mortars" were used by special trench mortar units only.

    Yours

    tom! ;)
     

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