12 cm Minenwerfer M 15

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12 cm Minenwerfer M 15
Type Medium trench mortar
Place of origin Austria-Hungary
Service history
In service 1915-1918
Used by Austria-Hungary
Wars World War I
Production history
Designer TMK
Designed 1915
Produced 1916-17?
Specifications
Weight 134.5 kilograms (297 lb)

Caliber 120 mm
Breech interrupted-screw or cylinder lock
Maximum firing range 430 metres (470 yd)

The 12 cm Minenwerfer M 15 (Trench mortar) was a medium mortar used by Austria-Hungary in World War I. It was designed by the Army's own Technisches und Administratives Militär-Komitee (TMK) as an enlarged 9 cm Minenwerfer M 14 in 1915. The War Ministry decided to order 50 from the TMK, but the latter preferred only to produce 10 and switch the remaining 40 to the 14 cm Minenwerfer M 15, but no response was made by the Ministry. The TMZ placed an order for the 10 mortars from Teudloff & Dittrich in Vienna at the end of 1915. A follow on order for another hundred was canceled in February 1916.

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  • Ortner, M. Christian. The Austro-Hungarian Artillery From 1867 to 1918: Technology, Organization, and Tactics. Vienna, Verlag Militaria, 2007 ISBN 978-3-902526-13-7