High value targets for mortars – in either attack or defense – include emplaced team weapons like machine guns and other mortars. Denying mortar coverage to the enemy could mean the difference between victory and defeat, and the forces that could silence their opponent's supporting weapons first were almost assured a victory.
Mortar Production I
Mortars are generally the only ‘organic’ indirect fire available to rifle regiments and are usually manned by the infantry as opposed to artillerymen. Dedicated heavy weapon sections and their officers were commanded with the tasks of siting the weapons for local attack or defense. These heavy weapon sections delivered a lot of the available firepower of an attacking rifle company.
Recruit Training: Mortar
Mortars were not intended to be high accuracy weapons, instead relying on rate of fire and mass to deliver large amounts of fire relatively quickly. But a well trained mortar crew could be accurate enough – or lucky enough – to drop mortar rounds onto the lighter-armored tops of enemy vehicles.
Officer Training: Mortar
Veteran Training: Mortar