M1 81mm Mortars - Alexander City, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hummerstation
N 32° 55.561 W 085° 58.594
16S E 595686 N 3643549
Quick Description: The 81 mm mortar provides infantry rifle companies with an effective, efficient, and flexible weapon. They would have typically been found in the mortar platoon of an infantry battalion.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 1/23/2016 4:00:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMQAJG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member WanderingAus
Views: 1

Long Description:
The 81mm M1 Mortar was developed for use in World War II from a French design. The 136 pound M1 was designed to be man-portable when broken down into three components, the tube, the bipod mount, and the round baseplate, each about 45 pounds. The rectangular base plate allowed for firing in any direction.

The 81mm M1 Mortar could cover a range of from 200 to 3290 yards with the M43A1 HE ammunition. Its tube was 3ft, 9.5 inches in length. The M1 mortar was used during WW II and Korea.

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These mortars are part of a veterans memorial in the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex. It is open to the public 24/7.

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