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8-inch Mortar Battery (ETW Unit)

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8-inch Mortar Battery (ETW Unit)
8 inch mortar.png
Class Fixed Artillery
Unit Size 24 Men
Weaponry 8 Inch Mortar
Morale
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Defence
Charge Bonus
Accuracy
Range
Ammunition
Region Global
Recruitment Cost 510
Upkeep Cost 200
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements Engnineer School
Technology Requirements Explosive Shells
Attributes
  • Can hide in woodland

  • Euro mortar 08 icon.png A mortar is a large calibre, fixed artillery piece that lobs an explosive shell in a high arc at the enemy

    Overview

    To the uneducated eye, a mortar looks like a large, stumpy cooking pot, set at an angle in a heavy wooden frame. Indeed, the weapon’s name may even have come from its similarity to the mortars used to grind spices. Mortars use indirect fire, firing their shells high into the air to plunge down on enemy positions. This makes them ideal for use in siege warfare. Unlike a howitzer, a mortar uses a fixed, and relatively small, charge of gunpowder to propel its shell. Range is adjusted by changing the angle of fire; accuracy is subject to winds and weather, thanks to the flight path. There is also a practical minimum range to mortar fire: no artilleryman is going to drop a shell so close that he will be caught in the blast. Their size, expressed in terms of the diameter of shell they fire, indicates their destructiveness. Mortars have returned to favor with armies since the First World War. Modern designs, based on the British Stokes trench mortar, come in many sizes. Most can fire shells with proximity fuses as anti-personnel rounds. The larger examples can fire sophisticated “smart” munitions that guide themselves onto targets.

    Details

    The 8-inch Mortar Battery is a cancelled artillery unit. They are capable of firing explosive shells over great distances and can be invaluable in sieges. However they do not have the ability to move on the battlefield or change their angle to face incoming enemies on their flanks.

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