Canada and the First World War

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German Minenwerfer
In the First World War, German minenwerfer (mine throwers or trench mortars) were used as infantry weapons and not part of the artillery. They could be disassembled into more easily-carried loads and set up in a narrow trench. Their short range meant they had to be placed close to the front lines where ammunition re-supply sometimes became a problem. Germany produced minenwerfer in calibers ranging from 76 millimetres to 250 millimetres. This 76 millimetre mortar was captured by the 3 Canadian Trench Mortar Battery and returned to Canada as a war trophy.

High Explosive Rifled Mortar
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