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Original German WWII Nebelwerfer 35 Inert 10cm High Explosive Mortar Round

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Original Item: Very Few Available. These are totally genuine inert German WWII High Explosive German mortar bombs 10cm Wgr. 35/37 used by Wehrmacht heavy mortars 10 cm Nebelwerfer 35 (10 cm NbW. 35) during World War Two. They were intended to give German infantry units a close support weapon with a heavier performance than the mortars used in general service at that time such as the Le.Gr.W.36 or 8 cm Gr.W. 34.

These HE (High Explosive) bombs feature a finned tail unit which carried the out-shooting cartridge and are complete with a quick-acting nose fuse with booster made of alloy. The fuse armed itself by inertia forces once mortar bomb left muzzle of the barrel. Mortar bomb’s body is made of mild steel and would have had a bursting charge of T.N.T. inside. Features thick walls and screw-threaded fuse hole in the head. These examples still have much original paint, German markings and an additional clip on blasting charge.

The bodies are manufactured from thick steel, with a screw threaded fuze hole that would accept a quick acting aluminum or Bakelite Wgr. Z. 38 nose fuse. The body would have contained a bursting charge of TNT, of approximately 4 1/2 ounces in weight. Muzzle velocity was 246 feet-per-second with a range of 55-558 yards. The bombs would be transported in a specially designed steel transit case with capacity of 10 bombs.

Each mortar round is offered in very good condition and totally inert. They all bear original paint and various German WW2 markings. All markings vary, see images for an idea of what you will get.

The 10 cm Nebelwerfer 35 (10 cm NbW 35) was a heavy mortar used by Germany during World War II. Much like the American M2 4.2 inch mortar it was intended to deliver chemical munitions, such as gas and smoke shells. Unlike the American weapon it appears to have had an ordinary high-explosive shell from the beginning. It was of conventional design, and was virtually a scaled-up 8 cm GrW 34. It broke down into the standard three loads for transport. The tube weighed 31.7 kg (70 lb), the baseplate 36.3 kg (80 lb) and the bipod 32.2 kg (71 lb). Each could be man-packed for some distance, but small handcarts were issued for longer distances. Each mortar squad consisted of a squad leader, three gunners and three ammunition bearers.

Operational use
Initially they were deployed in Nebelwerfer battalions numbered 1 to 9, plus the Nebel-Lehr Abteilung (Demonstration Battalion) and saw service in the Battle of France and Russia during Operation Barbarossa.

Specialist units using these mortars were also formed, such as Gebirgs-Werfer-Abteilung (Mountain Mortar Battalion) 10 which was formed in Finland in early 1942 by expanding Nebelwerfer-Batterie 222., This had itself been converted from 8th Battery of Artillery Regiment 222 of the 181st Infantry Division during the invasion of Norway.

Following their replacement in the chemical corps, further uses were found for the mortars, including issue to Fallschirmjager units as Heavy Mortars.
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