All Quiet on the Western Front

What do trench mortars do to soldiers?

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Basically they blast huge craters in the ground from the trenches. Men are hit by the explosion and shrapnel. They are literally obliterated while they are running,

"Trench mortars have blasted huge craters. Dead men hang from trees, and body parts are strewn everywhere. They report it to the next stretcher-bearers' post. ..." ch 9