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Stokes trench mortar team, Salonika, 1916 (c)

Photograph by Captain Philip Asprey, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), World War One, Salonika (1914-1918), 1916 (c).

The Stokes Mortar consisted of a smoothbore metal tube fixed to an anti-recoil base plate. When a mortar bomb was dropped into the tube, an impact sensitive primer in the base of the bomb would make contact with a firing pin at the bottom of the tube, and detonate, firing the bomb towards the target. The 4-inch version of the Stokes Mortar was primarily used to fire smoke, gas and thermite rounds.

From an album of 86 photographs taken by Capt Philip Rolls Asprey, MC.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 2005-05-48-54


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