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Maryland's 117th Trench Mortar Battery in the World War, 1917-1919

Stansbury, Henry D.

Published by Rainbow (42nd) Division, Baltimore, MD, 1938
Condition: good Hardcover
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Format is approximately 7.25 inches by 10.25 inches. xvi, 142, [2] pages. Illustrated endpapers. Frontis illustration. Illustrations. [Appendices--including description of 58-mm Trench Mortar (French)]. Some page soiling. Some scuffing to boards, some wear to spine edges and board corners. Foreword by Raymond S. Tompkins. Cover has some wear and soiling. The Mortier de 58 mm type 2, also known as the Crapouillot or "little toad" from its appearance, was the standard French medium trench mortar of World War I. 3 types of bomb were available: Light L.S. bomb - 18 kg, containing 5.35 kg explosive. 6 wings, hollow plugged tail. Heavy D.L.S. bomb - 35 kg, containing 10.0 kg explosive. 6 wings, hollow plugged tail. Medium A.L.S bomb - 20 kg, containing 6.4 kg explosive. 3 wings, unlike the other 2 it has a hollow tail which contained the propellant charge, placing thrust closer to center of gravity and increasing range and accuracy. Not yet in common use as at March 1918. The battery consisted mostly of men from Baltimore City and surrounding counties, all volunteers. They went to France in October, 1917 with 179 men and officers, received 50 replacements while in France. They went into combat in late February, 1918 and returned to Baltimore in April, 1919. The unit fired more mortar bombs than any other mortar battery in the AEF and earned nine battle streamers: LunÚville sector, Lorraine; Baccarat sector, Lorraine; Esperance-Souain sector, Champagne; Champagne-Marne defensive; Aisne-Marne offensive; St. Mihiel offensive; Essey and Pannes sector, Woevre; Meuse-Argonne offensive, first part; Meuse-Argonne offensive, second part; Army of Occupation, Germany. They were a highly decorated unit, and considered themselves very lucky not to have lost more than six men killed, having only 97 men to march in their welcome home parade in downtown Baltimore in May, 1919. Bookseller Inventory # 14282

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Title: Maryland's 117th Trench Mortar Battery in ...

Publisher: Rainbow (42nd) Division, Baltimore, MD

Publication Date: 1938

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: good

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