Rheinmetall medium Minenwerfer

(new pattern)

 

 

 

 

German designation :

17cm mMW n/A

Calibre :

170mm L/4.5

Weight of the barrel :

150 kg

Weight of the carriage :

137 kg

Weight of the platform :

207 kg

Weight in action :

568 kg

Weight in marching order :

880 kg

Barrel length :

0.772 m

Barrel grooves

number :

6

lenght :

30 mm

Height of line of fire :

1063 mm

Propellant :

63 g / 176 g

H.E. Shell

weight :

49.5 kg - charge : 12 kg Astralite

max. range :

260 m /1160 m

rate of fire :

30/35 rounds per hour

Gas shell

weight :

42 kg charge : 500 g Fp. 02

11.5 kg of Chlormethylchloroformate

max. range :

400 m / 1600 m

rate of fire :

40/45 rounds per hour

Incendiary shell

weight :

37.4 kg charge : 10 g of black powder

inc. charge :

9 kg Thermite + 6.4 kg Metallic sodium + 0,8 kg Paraffin wax

max. range :

1030 m

Muzzle velocity :

63 m/s (with the lowest charge)

110 m/s (with the highest charge)

Elevation :

+ 75 / 45

Traversing angle :

20 / 360

Recoil :

315 mm

Height of weehls :

0.45 m

Track :

959 mm

Personell required :

21 men

Remarks :

Introduced into the German Army in 1916. As Gas shells it used both the lacrimatory B-Stoff (with Xylyl bromide), and the lethal C-Stoff (with Mono or Tri-chloromethyl cloroformate) and D-Stoff (with Phosgene).