Above is a few images of SOG 1-0 Joe Walker firing a 60mm mortar from the hip. Walker changed into noted for his recon group ( RT California) often packing a 60mm mortar with them on their missions throughout the border. Being outnumbered through absurd amounts without a brief artillery aid, having a mortar available when a 9 man group made contact with PAVN forces would have gave a decisive knowledge in these first few seconds or minutes. besides the competencies of getting heavier weapons that 556 carbines and 40mm grenades, the mortar would have given the impact of a bigger forces which would trigger hesitation when it came to a brief assault on a small group. That hesitation would have given the SOG men an additional few seconds to beat feet and get a lifestyles saving head start to a LZ or defendable place to stay up for air guide and extraction.
that you may see from the recoil in the 2nd graphic how severe it might had been to hearth the “knee mortar” in WW2. each person knows the story of Marines and GIs who concept the small japanese mortar changed into supposed to be fired off the higher thigh.