3 inch Stokes Trench Mortar Bomb

Place Europe: Western Front
Accession Number RELAWM01909
Collection type Technology
Object type Munition
Physical description Paint, Steel
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916: Weaponry
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

3 inch Stokes mortar inert high explosive projectile. The mortar projectile is a steel tube shaped canister with a detonator and firing cartridge holder at the rear end and a fuze mechanism at the front end.
The cartridge holder has gas vent holes along the body. The projectile is painted khaki and there is a red and green filling ring painted around the body. Markings - projectile - CAV (BROAD ARROW); 10.16; JXB H/I (BROAD ARROW); Fuze - 'Always' No 146 MK 1. The red ring indicates that the bomb is filled, the faded green ring indicates the type of explosive filling.

History / Summary

The 3 inch Stokes Mortar high explosive projectile was introduced into British Army service in 1916 and remained in service on the Western Front for the duration of the First World War. This mortar bomb is inert and has been marked 'FREE FROM EXPLOSIVES'.

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