Stokes Trench Mortar

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Stokes Trench Mortar - 3 inch

The Stokes Trench Mortar was developed by an Englishman, Sir Wilfred Scott-Stokes who was the managing director of Ransome & Rapier of Ipswich, England a mechanical engineering firm. Although Stokes did not have a military background, he quickly grasped the need for a "portable gun" who could keep up with the German Minenwerfer soon after war started in Europe. Stokes correctly reasoned that such a weapon would be valuable for reducing the deadly machine gun nests that were beginning to wreak much havoc on the Western Front. Stokes had a working prototype of his trench mortar ready for testing in December of 1914, barely four months after the war started.

The Stokes Trench Mortar and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

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Specifications

  • Stokes Trench Mortar
  • Caliber: 3 inch
  • Barrel Length: 51 inches
  • Weight:
  • Tube: 43 pounds
  • Base Plate: 28 pounds
  • Bipod: 37 pounds
  • Total: 108 pounds
  • Effective Range: 750 yards
  • Maximum Range: 800 yards


Film

Title Actor Character Notation Date
Journey's End British soldiers 1930
The Fighting 69th James Cagney Private Jerry Plunkett 1940
Alan Hale Sr. Sergeant 'Big Mike' Wynn

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Anzacs Australian soldiers 1985
Journey's End British soldiers 1988

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Release Date
Battlefield: 1918 "Stokes Mortar" 2004
The Great War 1918 2013
Verdun unusable 2015
Battlefield 1 can be equipped on Mark V tanks and armoured cars 2016

Anime

Title Character Note/Episode Air Date
Saga of Tanya the Evil Francois Republic soldiers Episode 1, 10 2017





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