How would you interpret ‘four hundred twenty’ and ‘minnenwerfer’ in the second line.
1 How would you interpret ‘four hundred twenty’?
Does it refer to the caliber of the guns?
2 Do you know the meaning of ‘minnenwerfer’?
Is it some kind of gun?
Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Chapter 9).
Something landed outside that shook the earth.
"Four hundred twenty or minnenwerfer," Gavuzzi said.
"There aren't any four hundred twenties in the mountains," I said.
"They have big Skoda guns. I've seen the holes."
"Three hundred fives."
We went on eating. There was a cough, a noise like a railway engine starting and then an explosion that shook the earth again.
"This isn't a deep dugout," Passini said.
"That was a big trench mortar."