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Yard Ape
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posted 07 March 2021 10:26      Profile for Yard Ape   Email Yard Ape   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I understand that the historical use of these words to be:

Cannon: a direct fire gun (below 45 degree line of fire)

Mortar: indirect fire gun with line offire greater than 45 degrees

Howitzer: direct and indirect fire gun.

Are these terms still used in their classical definitions or have the definitions changed somewhat?

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posted 11 March 2021 12:58      Profile for RCA     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
from memory:

Gun/Cannon - high velocity /low angle weapon (uses fixed charge) used in the direct fire role

Mortar - low velocity/high angle weapon capable of indirect fire

Howitzer - (combination gun/motar) thru adjustable charges is capable of both direct and indirect fire thru low and high angle fire.


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Thank you greatly.

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