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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Careful Aim: WWII

Careful Aim: WWII

Found in Giessen, Germany in 1970. On the back is "Schwerer Granatwerfer in Stellung." View full size.

A Natural Resource

Some nations are blessed with rich supplies of coal or oil. Wicker was apparently the abundant commodity in Nazi Germany. Wicker munitions tubes, wicker shoring to keep the fighting hole from caving in. The potential uses for wicker are apparently endless; unfortunately, unlike the jet engine or the Volkswagen, the Germans couldn't sell the world on the myriad uses of wicker. We only make silly decorative things out of it.

As for the mortars, the caption may be heavy mortars, but they appear to be roughly proportionate to standard 81mm, a medium mortar in the US arsenal. 120mm is--or was, I'm not sure they're still used--a heavy mortar.

Translation

Google Translate translates this as "Heavy mortars in position."

 
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