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2inch British Mortar shell

2inch British Mortar shell

SKU: Mortar Shell

The two-inch mortar was one of a number of small mortars brought into service by European nations between the two World Wars.


Due to its small size, and for simplicity, the mortar had no forward strut or bipod like larger designs needed. The barrel was held at the correct angle by one soldier while the other loaded and fired the round. The original design had a large base plate and sights for aiming which used spirit levels. As the design matured, the baseplate became smaller and the sights were omitted. Aiming was by eye and relied on the firer's judgment and experience. With such a short barrel the normal firing method, where the bomb was dropped down the tube and a pin in the base of the barrel struck the detonator in the tail of the bomb, would not work, so firing was by a small trigger mechanism at the breech.


The bombs were cylindrical with a (perforated) four finned tail. For the HE projectile an impact fuze was fitted in the nose of the bomb.

Post war, the two-inch mortar was kept in service to fire smoke and illuminating rounds. It was replaced by the Royal Ordnance 51 mm infantry mortar in the late 1980s.


    We do not accept returns. All items would be covered by a shipping insurance, provided by your own currior or one arranged through ourselves.  


    When ordering, you must inform us if you would like to arrange a pick up, use our shipping rate or arrange for your own currior. All shipping rates are covered by a third party insurance. 

£80.00 Regular Price
£48.00Sale Price
VAT Included
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