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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Mortar Pit

 
 
The Mortar Pit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. The Mortar Pit Marker
Inscription.  The American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) was introduced to modern mortars in the trenches of France during World War One. The A.E.F. adopted the British Newton-Stokes design in 3-, 4- and 6-inch calibers as well as the French 240 millimeter heavy mortar. Mortars could fire high explosive, gas and smoke projectiles at a high angle into the narrow trenches.

Mortars were short range weapons. They had less than half the range of the 37 millimeter guns, but fired shells with many time more blasting power; being comparable to light artillery in that respect. Like the hand grenade and rifle grenades, the light mortar was a high trajectory weapon firing relatively heavy projectiles high into the air and plunging them almost vertically onto the target. Their chief value was in the fact that they could quickly and easily be moved into position close to the target. And having a high rate of fire of great destructive power, their surprise effect was great. The rate of fire was limited only by the speed with which the gunner could insert a shell into the muzzle after the previous shell had left it. I have seen six shells in the air at once before

The Mortar Pit image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. The Mortar Pit
the first one hit the target.
Notes from the History of the Fifth Division, A.E.F.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World I.
 
Location. 40° 12.383′ N, 77° 9.476′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sniper's Nest (here, next to this marker); No Man's Land (here, next to this marker); Splinter Proof (here, next to this marker); Post of Command (a few steps from this marker); The Front (a few steps from this marker); Aid Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trenches (within shouting distance of this marker); Meet Private Donald D. Kyler (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
More about this marker. Part of the Meet Pvt. Kyler/ World War I Trench System Exhibit.
 
Also see . . .  Mortar (weapon). Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on April 15, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Insert - A mortar in use image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - A mortar in use
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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