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trench mortar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trench mortar a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range
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Usage

In literature:

Under cover of the darkness, the enemy even brought trench mortars on camels up to our wire to assist in the bombardment.
"With the British Army in The Holy Land" by Henry Osmond Lock
We have captured about 44,000 prisoners and 1,400 guns, howitzers, and trench mortars.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
The Division captured over 500 prisoners, 6 machine-guns, and 4 heavy trench-mortars.
"A Short History of the 6th Division"
He retaliated chiefly on the front line defences with trench mortars.
"The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion)" by Various
The post would be shelled or trench-mortared at intervals.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
We now began seriously to try and harass the enemy with trench mortars, for which purpose Trench Mortar Batteries were formed.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
As regards trench mortars, the supply was hopelessly inadequate.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
The trench mortars could not reach their dugout line.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
They had four large guns and two bronze mortars; in the trench adjoining the camp they had one gun.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Trench Mortars, 144; shortage of, 352.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
Heavy Trench Mortar Battery.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
It was here that I first saw the German minnewafers and trench mortars at work.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
Not long to wait now, for there go the trench mortars.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
This maze of machine guns and snipers was supplemented by countless trench mortars and one-pounder cannon.
"The Iron Division, National Guard of Pennsylvania, in the World War" by H. G. Proctor
The trench mortars in the right-hand trenches were out of action, but some 18-pounders were brought up and turned on the enemy in Crater 2.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
They told me how they had brought their trench-mortar up.
"From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917" by Philip Gibbs
The use of light mortars for the trenches, introduced by Coehoorn and revived with extemporized means at Port Arthur, needs great attention.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6" by Various
Trench-mortar projectiles are so large, and they describe so leisurely an arc before they fall, that men have time to run.
"Prairie Gold" by Various
The thing worked like a trench-mortar.
"The Final Figure" by Samuel Kimball Merwin
Worst trial of all is the trench mortar!
"With the Zionists in Gallipoli" by John Henry Patterson
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In poetry:

We trenched, we trumpeted and drummed,
And from our mortars tons of iron hummed
Ath'art the ditch, the month we bombed
The Town o' Valencie├źn.
"Valenciennes" by Thomas Hardy