Ordnance ML 3 inch Mortar
Ordnance ML 3-inch mortar
In action in Burma, 1944
Type Mortar Place of origin United Kingdom Service history Used by see users Wars Second World War Production history Designed 1920s Specifications Weight 50.8 kg (112 lb) Barrel length 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in) Calibre 81.2 mm (3.20 in) Muzzle velocity 198 m/s (650 ft/s) Maximum range Mk.1: 1,463 m (1,600 yd)
Mk.2: 2,560 m (2,800 yd)
Based on their experience in World War I, the British infantry sought some sort of artillery for close support. The initial plan was for special batteries of artillery, but the cost was prohibitive and the mortar was accepted instead.
The ML mortar is a conventional Stokes-type mortar which is muzzle-loaded and drop-fired. Experience in World War II showed that it did not have sufficient range compared to the German 81 mm s.Gw.34 mortar and so a new barrel was designed. This became the Mark 2 mortar, which remained in service until replaced by the L16A1 81mm mortar.
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