Rheinmetall medium Minenwerfer

(old pattern)

 

 

 

 

German designation :

17cm mMW a/A

Calibre :

170mm L/3.8

Weight of the barrel :

124 kg

Weight of the carriage :

106 kg

Weight of the platform :

204 kg

Weight in action :

525 kg

Weight in marching order :

819 kg

Barrel length :

0.642 m

Barrel grooves

number :

6

lenght :

30 mm

Height of line of fire :

943 mm

Propellant :

66 g / 154 g

H.E. Shell

weight :

49.5 kg - bursting charge : 12 kg Astralite

max. range :

175 m / 768 m

rate of fire :

30/35 rounds per hour

Gas shell

weight :

42 kg bursting charge : 500 g Fp. 02

11.5 kg of Chlormethylchloroformate

max. range :

300 m / 1190 m

rate of fire :

40/45 rounds per hour

Incendiary shell

weight :

37.4 kg bursting 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)

87 m/s (with the highest charge)

Elevation :

+ 75 / + 45

Traversing angle :

20

Recoil :

250 mm

Height of weehls :

0.45 m

Track :

959 mm

Personell required :

17 men

Remarks :

Introduced into the German Army in 1913. As Gas shells it used the lacrimatory B-Stoff (with Xylyl bromide), and the lethal C-Stoff (with Mono or Tri-chloromethyl cloroformate) and D-Stoff (with Phosgene).