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Russia's 37mm Spade Mortar

A timely innovation lost to history, now available from Sarco, Inc!

Russia's 37mm Spade Mortar

One of the oddest weapons fielded during World War II is the Soviet 37mm spade mortar based on an E-tool! A replica of this interesting bomb-thrower is now available from Sarco, Inc!

Imagine entire platoons of infantry advancing on an enemy with rifles blasting, and then as one unified body, hunkering down onto the earth. Crackling thunder erupts from the platoon as each man fires his individual mortar, sending a cascade of explosives through the air, streaking toward their mark.

Such was the concept that emanated from the Red Army Chief Administrator of Artillery in 1938. Generals and senior NCOs were espousing a mantra, “Every Infantryman, himself a Mortarman.” On the eve of world warfare, artillery as the world knew it was about to be confounded by a military experiment that empowered the individual soldier’s ca­pabilities beyond an...

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