Bersaglieri Mortar Platoon (Early & Mid War)
81/14 modello 35
Like the rest of the Regio Esercito, the Bersaglieri use the 81/14 mortar. Although similar to most other mortars of its size, Italian technology gave it a greater range making it the envy of its foes. The Italian 81mm mortar design was derived from the French Brandt 81mm mortar. The Italian mortar differed little from the original design and became the standard light support weapon. It out ranged the British 3” mortar and was highly prized as a captured weapon by British mortar crews. Despite being substantially the same weapon as the US 81mm mortar (also Brandt derived) differences in production, barrel elevation and ammunition meant that the Italian mortar out ranged the US mortar by 600yards with a light bomb, but was out ranged by the US mortar with a heavy bomb.
Minimum Range, light bomb: 91m (100yards)
Maximum Range, light bomb: 4052m (4429yards)
Minimum Range, heavy bomb: 62m (68yards)
Maximum Range, heavy bomb: 1500m (1640yards)
In Flames Of War
The Bersaglieri Mortar Platoon is available as a support platoon for your Compagnia Bersaglieri. The 81/14 mortar proved an effective weapon in the desert with its long range, so in Flames of War it has Range 48”/120cm, Anti-tank -/1 and Firepower 3+/6. It is Man-packed, a Mortar, fires Smoke and a Small gun.