Hand Mortar Company (ETW unit)

Hand Mortar Company
Hand Mortar Company
Category: Infantry
Class: Grenadiers
Men: 20 / 40 / 60 / 80
Range: 70
Accuracy: 50
Reloading skill: 40
Ammunition: 6
Melee attack: 11
Charge bonus: 11
Defence: 15
Morale: 9
Unit limit: 6
Turns to train: 2
Recruitment cost: 810
Upkeep cost: 200
Building (minimum level)
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Drill School

The hand mortar can be used to place a grenade on a target beyond normal throwing range.

Despite its name, the hand mortar is more of a grenade launcher, with a wide barrel, typically of bronze, mounted on a musket stock so that it can be fired from the shoulder. This method of delivery offers increased range, but the weapons are temperamental and prone to misfires or bursting. This, coupled with the variable quality of the grenades fired, means that in the wrong hands a hand mortar can often be as much of a danger to the man firing it as to the enemy. Despite this, the grenade is a useful battlefield weapon when used against enemies deployed in cover, or for clearing choke points.

Historically the armies of the Ottoman Empire and Russia employed the hand mortar. In the Russian military, hand mortar detachments typically operated in support of the artillery, possibly because the unpredictability of the weapon made it unpopular among the line regiments! The Ottomans always treated grenades as a form of “thrown artillery”.


Can guard
Can hide in light scrub
Can hide in woodland
Grappling hooks
Resistant to morale shocks

Technological abilities

Chevaux de frise

Available for:

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