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

By Chris Henry

The quick improvement of the tank as an offensive weapon following its advent in global battle I gave artillery theorists reason for trouble throughout the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties. via the start of global warfare II anti-tank weapons have been constructed, at the beginning at round 37mm and a couple of kilos in weight of shot. by way of the tip of the battle, monster anti-tank guns have been being built, in a position to penetrate an armour thickness of as much as 200mm at quite a number 1,000 yards. This publication explores the British efforts to maintain in a battle of improvement, which observed heavier and extra strong weapons finally changed via experimental rules in an try and cease the German onslaught.

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There were also capped versions of the solid shot projectiles such as the APC (Armour Piercing Capped) and APCBC (Armour Piercing Capped Ballistic Capped). In the former the head of the projectile was protected by a cap which absorbed the initial impact and the latter had an extra cap to improve its flight performance. This was necessary since it was found that solid shot had begun to shatter on certain types of armour. The cap absorbed the initial impact while the main projectile entered the armour.

Moving the gun required special positions: Number 1 in front of the muzzle, 2 and 3 at the trail eye and 4 and 5 in front of the shield. The drag ropes kept on hooks on the shield were then attached to the drag washers on the wheels. Number 2 inserted a handspike in the trail, which could then be lifted and the whole gun moved. When the gun was to go into action it could be for action rear, action front, action left or action right. The procedure basically involved the crew dismounting, unhooking the gun and placing it in the required position.

Weight in action: 8161b Length of barrel: 68in. Breech mechanism: Semi-automatic Elevation: -10 degrees to +25 degrees Traverse: 25 degrees Performance with 250z (700g) Armour Piercing shell: Muzzle velocity: 2,625ft/sec (800m/sec) Range: 4,376yds Penetration: 32/500/0 degrees c: 17-PDR AT GUN This gun has been depicted deployed in the bocage in Normandy in 1944. The 17-pdr was one of the few British guns that could successfully attack the newer generations of German armour such as the Panther and the later Tiger tanks.

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