The 8" mortar was considered a "siege" weapon. Even at it's weight of over 1/2 a ton, it was light enough to be transported via a mortar wagon. This allowed the gun to be used in conjunction with the infantry. Mortars usually fired round shot similar in appearance to that of a bowling ball. The overall damage created by a mortar bombardment rarely did major physical damage, but the psychological effect of the screeching shells and magnificent explosions was great, often driving the enemy from their posts.
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