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Thursday, 20 December 2012

280mm Mortier


A Schneider 280mm Siege Mortar Model 1914/16 being loaded. This mortar fired a 205kgs shell to a maximum range of 10950metres. The location is unknown. The relatively short range would have placed the battery within easy range of larger German field pieces so sighting would have been paramount. This piece appears not to be camouflaged.

A number of 280mm mortars were still in use during the 1940 campaign, giving good service on the Italian front. They were captured and used by the Wehrmacht.

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