Type 96 and Type 97 150 mm Infantry Mortar

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The Type 96 and Type 97 were Japanese 150 mm calibre mortars used during the Second World War. The Type 96 designation was given to this mortar as it was accepted in the year 2596 of the Japanese calendar (1936).[1] It had a caliber of 150.5 mm, and approximately 90 were produced. The Type 96 was used in Iwo Jima and China, but its performance is not known. In 1941 the weapon was developed into the more portable Type 97 150 mm Mortar, which simply has the recoil absorber removed.

Designation Type 96 Type 96
long barrel
Type 97
short barrel
Barrel length 1.325 m 1.935 m 1.395 m
Elevation +45 to +80 degrees
Shell weight Reported between
25.65 kg and 23.8 kg
Muzzle velocity 214 m/s
Weight 722 kg 342 kg 232.5 kg
Range 3,900 m
Quantity
produced
90 110

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  1. ^ War Department Special Series No 30 Japanese Mortars and Grenade Dischargers 1945

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  • US War Department Special Series No 30 Japanese Mortars and Grenade Dischargers 1945

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