Object Title

Mortar Bomb

Mortar Bomb

Date

1916

Object Number

XXV.321

Provenance

Transferred from HM Tower of London.

Physical Description

The explosive charge is contained in a cast steel head with indentations to encourage fragmentation on explosion. The lower body screws into this cast unit and is composed of a mild steel, threaded tube to which four stabiliser fins are attached. The nose of the bomb has a plunger which, on contact with the target, explodes the charge. The mortar was known as the 'priest' mortar during the war and was intended to be fired with bomb in situ on a spigot.

Dimensions

Weight: 1.9 kg (4.2 lb.)

Associations

Places Germany