A number of captured and German supplied mortars were also used through out the war, as they were able to fire the standard Hungarian 81.4mm Mortar ammunition. Among them were Dutch, Czech, Yugoslav and Soviet medium mortars.
36M (36/39M) Technical Specifications
Weight: 85 Kg
Shell weight: 4.125 Kg
Rate of Fire: 20-25 rounds per minute
Elevation: +40° to +88°
Traverse: +6° to +130°
Range: 50-4300 meters (6200 meters)
Each Infantry battalion had available a mortar platoon of four medium mortars, with an additional 1-2 Mortar platoons available from the regiment.
120mm 43M mortars
The 120mm M43 mortar was a Soviet designed mortar based on the earlier 120mm obr 1938 mortar. The 120mm obr 1938 was in fact the first 120mm mortar developed by any country for their armed forces. After the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, the 120mm obr 1938 proved to be far too demanding to manufacture on a Soviet war industry that was already struggling to keep up with demand.
The M43 retained the stamped circular base plate and two-wheel carriage of the 120mm obr 1938 but featured large shock-absorbing cylinders. During the fighting on the Don in 1942 the Hungarian were able to capture a number of 120mm Soviet mortars. The Hungarians were impressed with this weapon and similar mortars used by the Germans. They soon began to make their own, giving their infantry added heavy support in the front line.