RARE German WW2 5cm Granatwerfer 203(f) Mortar Shell, dated 1943 making it made in France under german supervision. Overall in good condition complte and fully strips. These are veryhard to find as germans only made them in a small number and production has stopped in 1944.
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The modèle 37 was issued during 1939 to replace rifle grenades in infantry platoons. It was a simple weapon with a fixed elevation of 45°, with the range being set by twisting a ring on the base which varied the diameter of gas vents on the tube. It consisted of a tube, baseplate and bipod. Although light and mobile it was short ranged and fired a small projectile. After testing in 1937 an initial order for 21,950 mortars was placed in January 1938. This order was later changed to 50,000 mortars at the outbreak of war with all mortars to be completed by January 1941. However, only 2,900 had been produced by June 1940 and few had been put into service due to a shortage of ammunition. Production ceased after the French surrender in 1940 and wasn't resumed until 1944. Those mortars captured by the Germans were given the designation Granatwerfer 203(f) and issued to occupation troops. The modèle 37 remained in the French inventory until the end of the First Indochina War when it was retired