Type 98 50 mm mortar file photo [28393]

Type 98 50 mm Launcher

Country of OriginJapan
Caliber50.000 mm
Barrel Length640.000 mm
Weight21.770 kg
Ammunition Weight6.40 kg
Range455 m


ww2dbaseThe Type 98 50 mm mortars entered service with the Japanese Army in 1938. They were smooth-bore, muzzle-loading launchers. They each had a rectangular and sectionalized base plate and fixed bipod. They primary fired 6.4-kilogram (14-pound 2-ounce) stick bombs that each contained about 3.2 kilograms (about 7 pounds) of picric acid. The bombs were propelled by silk bags filled with black powder. These mortars had a fixed elevation of about 40 degrees. The maximum range was 455 meters (498 yards).

Source: Wikipedia


Last Major Revision: Feb 2019

Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code


Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites

Famous WW2 Quote
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Winston Churchill, on the RAF