British Anti-tank Artillery 1939-45 (New Vanguard, Volume by Chris Henry

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By Chris Henry

The fast improvement of the tank as an offensive weapon following its creation in global battle I gave artillery theorists reason for challenge throughout the Twenties and Thirties. by way of the start of global warfare II anti-tank weapons were built, firstly at round 37mm and a pair of kilos in weight of shot. through the tip of the warfare, monster anti-tank guns have been being built, capable of penetrate an armour thickness of as much as 200mm at a number 1,000 yards. This ebook explores the British efforts to maintain in a battle of improvement, which observed heavier and extra robust weapons ultimately changed by means of experimental principles in an try and cease the German onslaught.

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R- White ring. - - - ' - - - - . I Blue ring. /r. Ammunition for the 17-pdr gun showing the various colour schemes that denoted the type of projectile. On the left is a high-explosive tracer shell, and the armour piercing capped, ballistic capped tracer projectile is second from the right, while on the extreme right is an armour piercing discarding sabot projectile with tracer. Tracers could be somewhat problematic in the battle field as the Germans were sometimes able to detect a hidden gun as it fired a tracer round.

38 Prepared positions were, of course, something of a luxury when a fastmoving battle was being fought and there is much photographic evidence to suggest that guns were often placed on street corners with no protection at all. In the desert, anti-tank guns were a very valuable asset. If the weather was good, and therefore visibility with it, a gun could be used at long range with great effect, especially if the telescopic sights were good enough. As a good example of what could be done with the 6-pdr, we can take the Snipe action on 27 October 1942 at the battle of El Alamein.

39 AMMUNITION 40 At the beginning of the Second World War, virtually all anti-tank ammunition was based on the solid shot projectile. This was a hardened steel projectile that was intended to punch a hole through the defensive armour of a tank by kinetic energy alone. The ammunition system was always that used in a quick-fire mechanism: it consisted of a projectile with a cartridge case fixed to it and was therefore known as a fixed round. The propellant was contained in the brass cartridge case and was initiated by the mechanical impact of the firing pin on the primer at the base of the case.

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