IKO 24cm Schwerer Flugelminenwerfer

The IKO 24 cm Schwerer Flugelminenwerfer was the standard German heavy mortar in the last half of World War I.

The mortar fired a projectile stabilized by four large vanes or wings (“flugel” in German).  The German Army General Headquarters reserve included 13 battalions equipped with heavy mortars (schwerer minenwerfer).  These battalions were assigned to reinforce the artillery on various fronts for major offensive operations.  Each battalion was equipped with 24 heavy mortars.

Approximately 300 IKO Flugel Minenwerfer were produced during World War I.  This example was captured by the Canadian Corps late in the War and brought to Manitoba as a war trophy in 1919.

Projectile: 100 kilograms (220 pounds)

Range: 1,300 metres (1,420 yards)

Detachment: 42 men