10.5 cm Luftminenwerfer M 15


Medium trench mortar

Place of origin


The 10.5cm Luftminenwerfer M 15 was a medium mortar designed and used by Austria-Hungary during World War I. Developed by the German firm Ehrhardt & Sehmer, it was a rigid recoil, muzzle loading fixed base mortar that used compressed air to propel the mortar bomb. The compressed air cylinder would run out after fifteen shots. As a result of the compressed air, the M 15 had no firing signature. 10 trench mortar platoons, totaling 20 mortars, were deployed to the Eastern Front in February 1916.

References Edit

  • Ortner, M. Christian. The Austro-Hungarian Artillery From 1867 to 1918: Technology, Organization, and Tactics. Vienna, Verlag Militaria, 2007 ISBN 978-3-902526-13-7

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