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Role of Mortars

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by Gearshift, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Gearshift

    Gearshift New Member

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    So I've been looking around the internet at specialisms after basic training, but I can't really find much on the role of a mortar platoon, so I have a few questions:
    1) Can they go on patrols?
    2 ) What is the role of a light mortar?
    3) Hselective is the specialism?
    I know at this stage that I should focus on just getting into basic training, but any information would be appreciated!!
     
  2. Rob20

    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando Moderator

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    I'd avoid mortars if I were you. But for entirely different reasons to what you might think...
     
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  3. SCOTTY6

    SCOTTY6 Royal Marines Commando

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    Everything’s changing with specs now mate, and what roles lads (and lasses) will undertake in the future and it’s already in motion. Like you said concentrate on getting through recruit training.
    However how selective the spec is, its relatively easy to get on a mortars course, but it takes a special breed to be a true mortarman...
     
  4. Gearshift

    Gearshift New Member

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    I got to ask, why should I avoid mortars?
     
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  5. Rob20

    Rob20 Royal Marines Commando Moderator

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    Have you ever heard of..... The Broom of Doom?
     
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  6. Gearshift

    Gearshift New Member

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    I have a feeling that I don't want to, what is it?
     
  7. ThreadpigeonsAlpha

    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Absolutely out standing.


    Want to know what it’s like being in mortars?

    Get a drainpipe and dig it upright into the ground. Then grab an empty water bottle that fits said drain pipe, fill it with sand. And practise dropping it in said drain pipe.

    Repeat Practise.

    Yea they patrol, you will have to get used to yomping with a decent amount of weight. 81mm mortars aren’t light.

    By light mortar do you mean the 51mm/60mm mortar? Or the “classic” iconic mortar? Which is the 81mm?

    The 51mm mortar is no longer inservice, replaced by the 60mm. Which is apparently being phased out, if it’s not already done so. It was a Section level weapon but has been sort of overtaken by the addition of 40mm underslung grenade launchers fitted on the rifles.

    The 81mm mortar is the iconic mortar that you are probably thinking of, where the guy drops the shell down the “tube”. It’s big and it’s noisy.


    It’s a great transferable skill to civvie street.... ;) and they are an..... interesting bunch...
     
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  8. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    That IS the quote of the day!

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  9. Gearshift

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    Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but since the 81mm mortar is a two man weapon, do both mortarmen carry parts of the weapon or does one carry the weapon and the other carry the ammunition?
     
  10. Chelonian

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    Unsure what a "light mortar" now is. Back in the 1970s the Two-inch mortar was still in service from WW2. Firing this weapon effectively required much practice as aiming was done by eye and judgment.

    As stated by TPA the 81mm is the classic mortar. It's a cracking weapon. It provides indirect fire capability including high explosive, smoke and illumination, etc. An efficient mortar team might push out almost thirty bombs per minute with pin-point accuracy.
    Assuming one measures accuracy with a mahoosive pin, obvs. :)

    Mortar men indeed have a reputation for being 'individual characters' and generally suffer allegations of degenerate and deviant behaviour from those who dwell outside of the mortar pit. Such slurs are often made by those unable to grow impressive sideburns and who were deemed not to possess the wit, charm and devastating good looks required to be a mortar man.

     
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  11. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    No such thing as a dumb question here.

    The 81mm is man-portable by a crew of three. Typically it will be broken into three components: barrel, bipod, baseplate.
    The bombs are carried by everyone available.
     
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  12. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    And that baseplate was flipping heavy!

    Alan
     
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  13. Gearshift

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    I'm assuming that doesn't make mortarmen the most popular blokes on patrols!
     
  14. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    No. Bombs are routinely distributed generally as is the link for GPMG.
     
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  15. Gearshift

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    Ah, OK that makes sense then, thanks for the info.
     
  16. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    No such thing as 'too many' mortar bombs. :)
    Rather like no such thing as too many poppadoms with a curry meal.
     
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  17. Grey man

    Grey man Royal Marines Commando

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    Sod carrying bombs. This Iraqi insurgent cell had other ideas :D:eek:

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    You are cleared for take off!o_O:)
     
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  19. Johnny_Anonie

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    And UGL rounds. My mate routinely riffled through my Med Bergen on tour and proclaimed “You’ve got loads of room in here”

    Fast forward three hours and in contact I’d hear

    “Get the bombs out lad”
     
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  20. Grey man

    Grey man Royal Marines Commando

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    “What do you want?! Bandages or Bombs!”
     
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