The 60mm, which began service with the Rangers and Marauders of World War II, continues to provide tactical organic fire support to Rangers on the move. The great speed with which a 60mm mortar system can be brought into action greatly enhances platoon and company sized elements to effectively inflict heavy casualties on the enemy. The system may also be fired in a hand-held mode to be used in more of a direct fire role to engage the enemy close-in.
Available rounds are explosive, white phosphorous and illumination.
The Rangers also employ additional mortar systems which are used for situations where the 60mm would be impractical due to range limitations and other considerations. The mortar sections employ a wheeled cart to provide mobility to these otherwise bulky and powerful 81mm and 120mm mortar systems.
Rangers have used mortar systems, both 60mm and larger, quite effectively in combat, as this account from Richard Tregaskis Invasion Diary so aptly describes CPT Charles Shunstrom putting the 60mm mortar into action against the Germans:
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