|26 cm Minenwerfer M 17|
Böhler model at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna
|Type||Heavy trench mortar|
|Place of origin||Austria-Hungary|
|Wars||World War I|
|Manufacturer||Skoda, Böhler, Hungarian Gun Factory|
|Weight||1,550 kg (3,420 lb)|
|Shell||83 kg (183 lb)|
|Caliber||260 mm (10 in)|
|Elevation||34° to 80°|
|Maximum range||1,450 m (1,590 yd)|
The 26 cm Minenwerfer M 17 was a heavy trench mortar used by Austria-Hungary in World War I. It was developed by Skoda as an alternative to copying captured Italian 240 mm Trench Mortars. Skoda presented two versions, one with a rigid barrel, and the other with a recoil system. The former was chosen as it was simpler to produce. It was a muzzle-loading, rifled mortar that had to be levered around to aim at new targets. It disassembled into four pieces for transport.
First deliveries began in March 1918. Production averaged between thirty-six and forty a month for the rest of the war.
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