By Chris Henry
The quick improvement of the tank as an offensive weapon following its creation in global warfare I gave artillery theorists reason for quandary in the course of the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties. through the start of global struggle II anti-tank weapons have been constructed, firstly at round 37mm and a couple of kilos in weight of shot. through the top of the struggle, monster anti-tank guns have been being built, in a position to penetrate an armour thickness of as much as 200mm at a variety of 1,000 yards. This publication explores the British efforts to take care of in a battle of improvement, which observed heavier and extra strong weapons finally changed through experimental rules in an try to cease the German onslaught.
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The preparations could be quite elaborate, as White points out: Jimmy Wannop used to occasionally come and see us while visiting one of his 6-pdr anti-tank guns dug deep into a corner of our wood. This gun made us feel a little happier about the possible appearance of enemy tanks over the snow to our front. The Jocks of the gun crew had built themselves a wonderful home at the rear of their gun pit, and to visit them was well worth it, if only to sit and get warm for a while in its straw lined depths.
Where the guns were mixed they consisted of four 6-pdrs in one troop and two troops of four 17-pdrs. The 6-pdr was often towed by a Bren carrier, whereas the heavier 17-pdr relied on the Morris C8 or Guy Quad Ant tractor. Armoured divisions, on the other hand, had 30 6-pdrs, 24 towed 17-pdrs and 24 selfpropelled Achilles guns. The guns were again organised in four batteries, two of 12 17-pdrs each and two of Achilles (or, in early 1944, the MI0). 39 AMMUNITION 40 At the beginning of the Second World War, virtually all anti-tank ammunition was based on the solid shot projectile.
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. This action involved 16 6-pdrs of the 2nd Rifle Brigade and six of G and H troops of the 239th Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery. The Rifle Brigade battalion was unusual in having so many anti-tank guns but together these anti-tank units were able to demonstrate the use of such weapons when facing massed tank attacks. This group broke up repeated attacks by groups of 20 German and Italian tanks at ranges of anything between 100 and 1,20Oyds.