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Little David
Little-david an US siege mortar world war II.jpg
Little David at the Aberdeen Proving Ground
Type Heavy Mortar
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service Testing only
Used by USA
Weight 40 tons (without carriage)
Barrel length 22 feet (6.7 m)

Shell 3,650 pounds (1,656 kg)
Caliber 36 inches (914 mm)
Barrels 1
Maximum range 6 miles (9.7 km)

Little David was the nickname of an American 36 inch (914 mm) caliber mortar used for test firing aerial bombs during World War II.



July 1945 film footage of mortar setup & firing

Towards the end of the war it was modified to serve as a siege mortar, as it was expected that the US forces would encounter extremely strong fortifications during the invasion of Japan. When Japan surrendered the invasion became unnecessary and Little David was therefore never used in combat. Little David is one of the largest artillery pieces ever produced, by caliber, though smaller than the 19th century French Monster. The mortar was to be transported by two artillery tractors, making it more mobile than a railway gun. Its ultimate effectiveness would have been questionable because of its limited range and accuracy.


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