Pont Pen-y-benglog Spigot Mortar Mount

Steel boss

Steel boss – the pivot about which the mortar could rotate

Date

18 May 2013
Location

Pont Pen-y-benglog, Llyn Ogwen

SH 64914 60484; 53.12434°N, 4.02021°W

Information

With a conventional mortar, a tubular launcher fires the mortar bomb. In the case of a spigot mortar, however, a hollow tube in the projectile fits over a solid rod, or spigot, in the launcher. Featuring widely in British anti-invasion defences during World War II, the Blacker Bombard, or 29mm Spigot Mortar, was introduced in 1941. The mortar was equipped with both 20 lb anti-tank bombs and 14 lb anti-personnel bombs.

The spigot mortar emplacement at Pont Pen-y-benglog is situated close to the A5 road near its crossing of the Afon Ogwen and formed part of the stop-line defences in the area.

Spigot Mortar

Looking towards Foel Goch

Looking towards Foel Goch

Fluted concrete base

Fluted concrete base

Boss

Boss

Spigot mortar mounting base

Spigot mortar mounting base

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