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Just landed today. I've been told that it's a WW1 Italian 86mm Thevenot Mortar Bomb.I do know that there is other ordinance that also has that name. Can anyone tell me exactly what it is? Very much a relic but it's a survivor & hard to find I reckon so I'm pleased with it. Trawled the net for info but all I've been able to find is a single period photo of them next to the weapon which may be copyrighted so I won't post it. Any help with additional info would be appreciated.

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  • Achtung Spitfire! changed the title to WW1 Italian 86mm Thevenot Mortar Bomb?

Look up my post on French Pneumatic weapons. It is indeed a Italian mortar, used in the French Lance Projector. Italy and France shared a great deal of ordnance details, and it is not uncommon to see designs represented in either country. Below is an image of one in a little better condition. The cap on the front is removable to protect the fuse, which was secured by a pull ring. Once the ring was pulled, the propeller would spin for a predetermined amount of time before stopping and setting the charge off. 

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Thanks for the info.I'll check out your post. Nice mortar bomb.

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