VDC Mortar Bipod

Place Oceania: Australia, South Australia
Accession Number RELAWM20432.003
Collection type Technology
Object type Artillery Accessory
Physical description Paint, Steel
Maker Williams, Rayburn Keith
Place made Australia
Date made c 1942-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

3 inch mortar bipod made from steel tubing. The bipod has provisions for windage and elevation adjustments. A clamp is attached to accommodate the barrel. The bipod is foldable for logistics. The bipod is painted matt grey. There are no markings.

History / Summary

Bipod used for instructional drill purposes with the 3 inch practice mortar barrel by the 2nd Battalion Australian Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC). The mortar was fabricated by Private Rayburn Keith Williams at his engineering shop. Private Williams was born in Adelaide, South Australia on 2 August 1905. He enlisted into the VDC on 28 March 1942 and served until 2 October 1945. It has quick acting screws for traversing, elevation and depression.