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107mm Minomet

Trench artillery

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Bernard Plumier      http://www.passioncompassion1418.com
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Location :
St Petersburg
Artillery Museum
Coordinates : Lat : 59.95560 / Long : 30.31430
General comments on this surviving gun :

Identical items in the same location : 1
Items covered by this file : 1

Historic and technical information
Denomination :     107mm Minomet Origin :       ( Russie)          

Historic context :

Like most of the nations in war, the Russian armies tried to find a quick answer to the German minenwerfers from the end of 1914. While the arsenals and industrials were developing designs from a blank page or inspired by foreign weapons, improvised mine throwers were built close to the frontline by the Army technical units.

This is how the '76.2 mm and 107 mm improvised mine throwers' appeared, manufactured with fieldguns empty shells of respectively 3 inches and 42 lines caliber. These tubes were often re-inforced by steel rings. They were mounted on a rudimentary steel carriage and a wooden base.

More than 10,000 improvised mortars of many types seem to have existed and been used on the Russian front. Although they were in most cases at least as dangerous for the servants than for the enemy, it took until 1916 and the increasing delivery of arrival of new models of trench mortars coming from the industry, or looted from the enemy, or given by the allies, before their use was finally forbidden.

Technical data :

  • Complete description : 107 mm improvised mortar
  • Design year : 1915
  • Calibre : 107.00 mm (external diameter)
  • Weight in firing position : unknown
  • Weight for transportation :
  • Tube length in calibres : 0.00
  • Grooves : 0 smooth bore
  • Projectile weight :
  • Initial speed :
  • Fire rate :
  • Range : 100 m
  • Elevation range : unknown
  • Direction range : unknown