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    Crapouillot

    A mini mortar in French trenches of WWI
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    What's a crapouillot :

    http://www.musee-armee.fr/collection...apouillot.html

    From the site "passion-compassion" :

    "Pour répondre aux redoutables 'minenwerfers' allemands, les Français exhumèrent des arsenaux de vieux mortiers de plus de 50 ans d'âge, qui avaient été conçus par les ingénieurs de Napoléon III pour tirer des boulets en fonte (p. ex. de 150 mm) ! Leur taille trapue leur conféra le surnom de 'Crapouillots'. Mais des 1915, c'est un nouvel engin de 58 mm qui fut utilisé pour envoyer des torpilles à ailettes, munies d'une queue qu'on enfilait dans le tube en fonte."




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    What exactly does "Crapouillot" mean? Je ne parle Francaise pas. Did I get it right?

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    Crapouillot, isn't that something like: "toad" or "frog".

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    In French, un crapouillot is a little crapaud. Translated, a little toad !
    Why ? Due to the shape of the mortar that evoked a little toad ready to jump ! With a lot of imagination, evidently !


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    from the last page of Mortier de 150 T Manual :-) :
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