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Hi all,

may be already a known picture to most of you..the caption mentions that this is a New Zealanders mortar squad.
Oh and the New Zealanders are praised: their financial benefit to the war is mentioned, in Dutch guilders..Fl.45.432.440 were funded and 463.048.600 was the benefit to the war costs. In the French translation 4.543.244 resp. 46.304.860 "livres sterling", a lot of money! A remarkable caption for a mortar team photo though. But pays some attention to the economical aspect, sometimes a bit in the shadow of more spectacular things as tanks and uniforms.
And what's the man on the left doing, is that a cleaning rod?

regards, Kieffer

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sorry, I put this on the Soft Skin forum as I did with the camouflage US  too..
Can I correct that?

Kieffer

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kieffer wrote:

And what's the man on the left doing, is that a cleaning rod?


I'm unfamiliar with the type but I'm supposing a 6 inch Newton-Stokes with a fixed firing pin in the breech - http://www.mortarsinminiature.com/images/6-in/Newton-Stokes6INMarkIMortar.jpg so that would most likely be a swab to cool the tube. But I see no bucket? There again, no crew members would be standing in front of the thing if it was about to fire 'in real life'. Hmmm ... a 50-60 pound shell, propelled anything up to a mile, I'm thinking *significant* muzzle blast.

True the breach needs to be kept clear of debris and there must be a handy provision to unship the breech to achieve that but it would not require a crew member standing by full-time to push through a cleaning rod as part of the process. But swabbing between rounds or every few rounds to keep the relatively light barrel (about 160 pounds only) at something like 'touchable' temperature might be a necessity. Just a guess. I'm supposing he would alternate with the loader. Those shells would get quite 'heavy', very quickly.

Moving posts - I've had a bit of a look in the activeboard pages and can see no mention of a member facility for that. It is usually a moderator function.

Steve

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