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Bombardment Mortars
Bombardment Mortars
Belongs to Ottoman Empire
Type Howitzers
Guns 4
Firepower 280
Range 750
Accuracy 10
Reload 5
Morale 3
Tech requirement Explosive Shells
Produced from Ordnance Board or higher
Shot Types Round Shot, Carcass Shot, Explosive Shells, Quicklime Shells, Percussion Shells
Cost 650 SP/840 MP
Upkeep 160
Turns to Train 1
Unit Cap None

Bombardment Mortars are a type of artillery in Empire: Total War.

DescriptionEdit

To the uneducated eye, a mortar looks like a large, stumpy cooking pot, set at an angle in a heavy wooden frame. Indeed, the weapon’s name may even have come from its similarity to the mortars used to grind spices. Mortars use indirect fire, firing their shells high into the air to plunge down on enemy positions. This makes them ideal for use in siege warfare.

Unlike a howitzer, a mortar uses a fixed, and relatively small, charge of gunpowder to propel its shell. Range is adjusted by changing the angle of fire; accuracy is subject to winds and weather, thanks to the flight path. There is also a practical minimum range to mortar fire: no artilleryman is going to drop a shell so close that he will be caught in the blast. Their size, expressed in terms of the diameter of shell they fire, indicates their destructiveness.

Mortars have returned to favour with armies since the First World War. Modern designs, based on the British Stokes trench mortar, come in many sizes. Most can fire shells with proximity fuses as anti-personnel rounds. The larger examples can fire sophisticated “smart” munitions that guide themselves onto targets.

General InformationEdit

Bombardment Mortars are the Ottoman answer to the Western 4-inch Mortar Battery. It packs much heavier firepower than 4-inch Mortar Batteries, and with no major drawbacks to speak of. Just a few salvos from this artillery type are enough to level any building, and the special ammunition is very destructive to target formations.

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Howitzers and Mortars 12-lber Howitzer Foot Artillery24-lber Howitzer Foot Artillery4-inch Mortar BatteryBombardment MortarsLarge MortarsMortars
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