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Type 97 Mortar

Discussion in 'Japanese Light Weapons' started by Jim, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Jim

    Jim New Member

    Sep 1, 2006
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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.


    Type 97 Mortar [​IMG]
    • 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!

    tom! recruit

    Sep 14, 2004
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    Well, there were three different caliber mortars designated "
    Type 97"

    Type 97 8 cm High-angle Infantry Gun


    Type 97 9 cm Mortar


    Type 97 15 cm Mortar


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


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


    tom! ;)

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