Infantry Drills

C-29: High-Explosive Ammunition

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C-29. When mortar rounds impact they throw fragments in a pattern never truly circular, and may even travel irregular, based on the round’s angle of fall, the slope of the terrain, and type soil. However, for planning purposes, each mortar HE round is considered to have a circular lethal bursting area. Figure C-10 shows a scale representation of the lethal bursting areas of mortar rounds.

Figure C-10. Comparison of lethal bursting radius of U.S. mortar rounds

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