By Chris Henry
The quick improvement of the tank as an offensive weapon following its creation in global struggle I gave artillery theorists reason for hindrance throughout the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties. by way of the start of global battle II anti-tank weapons have been constructed, firstly at round 37mm and a couple of kilos in weight of shot. by way of the tip of the warfare, monster anti-tank guns have been being constructed, capable of penetrate an armour thickness of as much as 200mm at quite a number 1,000 yards. This e-book explores the British efforts to maintain in a warfare of improvement, which observed heavier and extra strong weapons finally changed through experimental principles in an try and cease the German onslaught.
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Extra resources for British Anti-tank Artillery 1939-45 (New Vanguard, Volume 98)
Trail The rear portion of a gun carriage that, in anti-tank guns, incorporates two legs that normally rest upon the ground known as trail legs. Where the trail was formed in this way the legs could be splayed out upon pivots and they were known as split trail guns. Travelling lock A mechanism that clamps the elevating parts of the gun in position whilst travelling and prevents their being damaged. BIBLIOGRAPHY DUI:lcan, W. E. ), Royal Artillery Commemoration Book, 1939-1945, G. F. , Marks 1, IA and II, HMSO, 1944 Gun Drill for the 2-PR Anti-Tank Gun on Marks I to IlIA Carriages, HMSO, 1940 Gun Drill for the 17-PRMark 1 Gun on Carriage Marks 1 and 1~ HMSO, 1949 Farndale, General Sir Martin, History of the Royal Regiment ofArtillery, The lears ofDefeat 1939-41, RAJ, 1996 Handbook for the Ordnance QF 17-pdr, MKI Land Service, HMSO, 1943 Handbook for the Ordnance QF 2-pdr, MK IX, HMSO, 1940 Handbookfor the Ordnance QF 6-pdr 7cwt, MK II, HMSO, 1943 Hogg, I.
Note the unusual design of the carriage that countered the violent thrust of exhaust gases backwards. The guns were originally designed to be able to destroy concrete bunkers on D-Day and afterwards, using a new design of ammunition that incorporated plastic explosive and a base fuse was to become known as High Explosive Squash Head or HESH and become one of the commonest forms of anti-tank round in the post-war period. The 95mm gun was designed to take separate loading . ammunition. 2in gun. The projectile itself was 251b in weight and could be fired, like the field gun of the same name with variable charges to achieve different effects.
Courtesy of RAHT) beside the driver, 2 and 4 on the nearside and 3 and 5 on the offside. Numbers 2 and 3 were nearer the gun. On the portee vehicle (this could be one of a number of vehicles), 1 and 5 sat beside the driver (5 nearer the driver), 3 on the gun seat, 2 on the near side and 4 on the offside rear seats. As mentioned, the 2-pdr carriages varied between Marks I and II and therefore the drills for the two guns differed slightly. In the case of the Mark I gun the drill to prepare for action was as follows: Number 1 removed the leg cover, examined the leg and replaced the cover.