April 21, 2015

The “Petard”

Churchill AVRE

Close up of the Petard
2. Close up of the Petard, the 290mm spigot mortar.
It could fire a 40lb charge up to 80 yards and was designed as a bunker buster.

The “Flying dustbin” carried a 28 pound high explosive warhead
3. The Petard was firing the “Flying dustbin”, which carried a 28 pound high explosive warhead.

The “Petard” with its ammo
4. The “Petard” with its ammo.

Churchill AVRE entering Germany
5. Churchill AVRE entering Germany in November 1944.

Churchill AVRE firing its 290mm spigot mortar

The spigot mortar in principle

Photos attribution
1. British official photographer, via Wikimedia Commons
2. Imperial War Museum, via Wikimedia Commons
3. War Office official photographer, Wooldridge (Sgt), via Wikimedia Commons
4. Wooldridge (Sgt), War Office official photographer  Post-Work: User:TheManStan, via Wikimedia Commons
5. Malindine E G (Capt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons