The Soviet 82-BM-41 mortars were tasked to assist the infantry with immediate artillery support. They were smoothbore, muzzle-loaded weapons and had fixed firing pins for drop firing. They were light so they could be manpacked in order to keep up with the infantry.
The Soviets went through a quick succession of mortar designs before settling on the distinctive 82-BM-41 design. It was designed to take advantage of mass production methods. It was generally simplified.
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