British blacker bombard (spigot mortar)

21,50 €
incl. 19% VAT , plus shipping costs
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Description

Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart Blacker was a retired Indian Army officer involved in weapons research, particularly attempts to develop an anti-tank weapon based on the cone mortar concept: a barrelless device containing a steel rod – ; the spigot - used to ignite a charge that launches a bomb into the air.

The War Office did not respond to Blacker's requests until a demonstration of Winston Churchill's “boys own” Love for the dramatic kindled. The mortar was mounted on a concrete base or large cross-shaped platform and was therefore immobile.

Unpopular as an artillery weapon for obvious reasons, the Blacker Bombard nonetheless served as the template for the Royal Navy's highly successful forward-firing submarine killer, the one had a success rate ten times higher than depth charges.

Models are supplied unassembled and unpainted


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