Soviet 37mm spade mortar

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Novista
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Soviet 37mm spade mortar

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Can anyone tell me more. Can I assume it only had a small production run or obsolete due to rifle cup grenades (production cost) Wikipedia says the rifle grenade was slower to use as dual purpose. Which leads me to believe the author of the piece has a thing for foxholes?

Edited. As I can’t spell.

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IIRC the Soviets decided it lacked punch and switched to 45mm mortars.

Then after combat expreience they dropped the 45 in favour of 82mm support.

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Cheers TT. So where was the 50mm in all this?

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Sorry typo .M1939 50mm was the common replacement for the 37mm.

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It's common replacement for 37mm

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Cheers guys.

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My understanding is that the spade mortar was neither a good mortar nor a good spade.

As a mortar it lacked punch (500 gram bomb vs. 850 grams for the 50mm). It lacked range (250 meters maximum range) and stability (monopod only) compared to the 50mm. As it was capable of being used as a spade the soldier issued with the mortar was not issued a spade... but the spade mortar weighed 1.5 kilos, can you imagine digging a trench with a 1.5 kilogram object which - according to the manual - must be kept clean of dirt in order to function? So replacement with a more functional and in all ways much better weapon was a no-brainer.

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