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Granatwerfer 42, Combat

A Granatwerfer 42 in use.

The Granatwerfer 42, or GrW 42 was a heavy mortar used by Germany during World War II, primarily as a close support weapon. It had either a 120 millimeter or a 81.4 millimeter diameter launch tube.


The GrW 42 had two distinct variants, an eight centimeter version and a twelve centimeter version. The eight centimeter version of the GrW 42 had the 81.4 millimeter launch tube and a rate of fire of approximately fifteen to twenty-five rounds per minute. The twelve centimeter version had the 120 millimeter launch tube, and a fire rate of eight to ten rounds per minute.

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