The mortar has proved to be one of the most influential and prevalent infantry support weapons of the 20th century. Throughout the course of the Second World War many different varieties of weapon were used the six main armies of the war: Britain, the USA, the Soviet Union, Germany Italy and Japan. Although the concept of the mortar was similar throughout these armies, calibres and usage varied enormously, dependent upon tactical use and terrain. This title covers all variants from the British 3 in.-equipped 'Heavy Weapon Companies', through to the Russian 120 mm mortars, which were incorporated into the Tank Corps for the storming of Berlin in 1945.
John Norris was born and educated in Jersey, Channel Islands. On coming to England he joined the Grenadier Guards, serving for six years with the regiment. He has been writing for military journals for over 20 years and has written three books for Brasseys and one for Sutton Publishing. He curently writes for several magazines and serves as an expert tour guide for Midas tours and Experts in Travel Ltd. Robert Calow was born and works as an illustrator in Leicester. After gaining a degree in graphic design from Leeds Polytechnic, he joined Eikon Illustration. Robert's main interests are in architecture, transport and military subjects. He has produced many prestigious projects, including work for Windsor Castle and The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for Corgi Classics. This is his first book for Osprey.