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btw, the "patrone" in the grenade was a 8x57 IS case, many times one of the early steal cases not good enough for battlefield ammo. they had have many problems with steel for cartridge cases so go first time only for blanks and similar.

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What self respecting garden gnome wouldn't want one of THESE, fully accessorized? :love:

Oddly enough- I actually have one of these in front of my local library-quietly rusting away, painted light blue.

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The first mine thrower, in the first post of the thread, was the 76 mm spigot mortar. There also was a 76 mm tubed mortar. The "fuze" in the photo is actually a long lanyard to pull to fire the device. This model was called "the Priester" as it was supposedly designed by a priest! (A practical application of "Gott mit Uns", I guess!) The workshop of my father's flame regiment made a version that only weighed 20 kilos and could be worn on the back like a back-pack. (You put it on the ground to fire it, of course.)

Bob Lembke

PS: "Naxos", I finally burned a CD of the Gruss thesis and will mail it when I get some packing material.

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Thanks for the information Cnock How many types of minenwerfer are there ?

I think there was the tubed 76 mm weapon pictured just above, at least two types of spigot 76 mm mortars as discussed and pictured above (I think all three 76 mm weapons were called licht M. W., or "light mine thrower"), the 17 cm "medium" MW, and the 24.5 cm "heavy" mine thrower. The Pioniere I think served all three for a while and then the infantry (such as in the photo just above) got the light MW back, while the Pioniere continued to serve the two heavier calibers.

I would also imagine that there were variants and some odd things like pneumatic mine throwers earlier in the war, but I think that they eventually settled on the devices listed above.

Bob Lembke

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Chris,

I used to have a Granatwerfer Taube in my possession, the launcher itself is heavy enough to be fired without the base plate (no, I didn't try to fire it)

Fuzes heavy and medium Minewerfer (middle), and light Minenwerfer.

Cnock

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