could be mounted on various vehicles,inc the humvee. The 0.23-to-0.47-inch (5.8 to 11.9 mm) thick armor generally prevented penetration by small arms fire and shell fragments. All of the M1s with 105mm guns have been withdrawn from service. In the NATO countries little if any development took place on defining a doctrine of how to use armed forces without the use of tactical nuclear weapons. April 28, 2015: Recent events in Ukraine have demonstrated that anti-tank guns can still be useful on today's battlefields. What gives? Whilst many hand-held infantry anti-tank weapons will not penetrate the front armor of a tank, they may penetrate the less heavily armored top, rear, and sides. Anti-tank artillery would be included in mobile tank-led Wehrmacht and Red Army units due to the possibility of encountering enemy tanks in a meeting engagement. This type of tank destroyer had the advantage of a reduced silhouette, allowing the crew to more frequently fire from defilade ambush positions. 1943. The king of battle had been bested by puny infantrymen armed with Soviet-made wire-guided anti-tank missiles and rocket launchers. Large-caliber guns had a dual purpose or were used only when most necessary. A big drawback for rocket propelled ordinance is that they need to burn most of their propellent before they reach max velocity. The RPG-7 has a long combat history, and has been used in most wars from the Vietnam war all the way to present day wars. BY DECADE. Early WWII tanks had open vision slits that could be fired through to kill the crew. [3] Attaching a field telephone to the rear would become a practice only during the next war. Doc, what exactly do you mean by a high-velocity 155mm? The People's Republic of China has developed 100 mm gun-launched missiles based on Russian designs such as the GP2 (based on the Russian Bastion). This vulnerability was later exploited by opposing tank forces. 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As far as caliber, they were generally divided into small (up to 75 mm) and middle (75-155 mm) caliber. It's effective range was 1000 yards. The design works of ZiS-3 started in the end of 1940 on the Artillery Factory No. Increasing use of combined arms tactics allowed the attacking infantry to suppress the anti-tank crews effectively, meaning that they could typically get off only one or two shots before being countered or forced to move. Man-portable anti-tank systems are showcased here. However, soon aft… Today the tank still remains a key part of most militaries. Anti-tank guns were usually deployed to cover terrain more suitable for tanks, and were protected by minefields laid at about 500 meters to 1 kilometer from their positions by combat engineers. It’s also overkill for ground use on lighter vehicles: you don’t need that high of a rate of fire (whereas aircraft do, just to ensure a hit). Weapon systems like the RPG-29 and FGM-148 Javelin use a Tandem warhead where the first warhead disables reactive armor, while the second warhead defeats the shell armor by means of a HEAT or a shaped charge. [30], The initial assault by North Korean KPA forces was aided by the use of Soviet T-34-85 tanks. Once again the shell explodes above the tank position and dispenses a number of submunitions. On the ground, you’re much more likely to meet the front and sides, which a mere 30mm gun of any type will have no hope of penetrating. Our tanks are nearly invulnerable to anything smaller than a high velocity 155mm shell or 100Kg missile warhead. The 9M133FM-2 guided missile carries a highly explosive warhead with a blast force of 10kg TNT equivalent while the 9M133FM-3 includes a warhead with an explosive force of 7kg TNT equivalent. Infantry have even immobilized tanks using a set of plates covered with leaves and dirt as dummy mines – the ruse being augmented by the crew's obscured vision – infantry can then attack the stopped tank. Active protection systems, such as the Russian Arena active protection system, are starting to be more common, with similar systems such as the Israeli Iron Fist active protection system. Much like the T-34 tank, North Korea used the ZiS-3 before, during, and after the Korean War. In the Red Army the anti-tank rifle units would be positioned throughout the forward trench line and would engage the lighter tanks and any other vehicles, such as infantry half-tracks in an attempt to separate them from the tanks. Anti-tank tactics developed rapidly during the war but along different paths in different armies based on the threats they faced and the technologies they were able to produce. Tanks were also vulnerable to hand-placed anti-tank mines. [17][18][19][20][21][22] During one incident at Taierzhuang, Chinese suicide bombers obliterated four Japanese tanks with grenade bundles. Instead, self-propelled anti-tank … Naval crews[citation needed] initially used to operate the installed naval guns and machine guns were replaced with Army personnel who were more aware of the infantry tactics with which the tanks were intended to cooperate. One of the main disadvantages is that the barrel must be sufficently strong to withstand the force of the propellent expanding. It was largely replaced by the 17-pounder anti-tank gun in 1944. This adds up to weight. Towed Anti-Aircraft Cannon. And, I’m not sure, but I don’t think we, the US, have anti-aircraft guns in any real way except maybe on some ships. [40], Rather than developing specialized anti-tank artillery, some nations, including South Africa and Israel, grafted obsolete tank guns onto towed carriages for use in that role.[41]. In the U.S., the 2.36 in (60 mm) M9A1 bazooka rocket launcher evolved into the more powerful 3.5 in (89 mm) M20 "Super Bazooka", which was used to good effect against North Korean armored spearheads during the Korean War. 5"/51 caliber gun (coastal defense) 8 … The Warsaw Pact arrived at the solution of maneuver warfare while massively increasing the number of anti-tank weapons. It takes a lot of power to turn the wheels of half a car and half of a tank, combined with a load of infantry and friends. A big drawback for rocket propelled ordinance is that they need to burn most of their propellent before they reach max velocity. LAHAT – Laser Homing Attack Missile. Some combatants, like the Soviet Red Army, doctrinalized it and used it to engage heavy German armor at optimal distances and angles. The use of the tank was primarily based on the assumption that, once they were able to eliminate the German trench lines with their machine gun and Infantry support gun positions, the Allied infantry would follow and secure the breach, and the cavalry would exploit the breach in the trench lines by attacking into the depth of German-held territory, eventually capturing the field artillery positions and interdicting logistics and reserves being brought up from the rear areas. The first HEAT rounds were rifle grenades, but better delivery systems were soon introduced: the British PIAT was propelled in a manner similar to the spigot mortar with a blackpowder charge contained in the tailfin assembly, the US Bazooka and the German Panzerschreck used rockets, and the German Panzerfaust was a small recoilless gun. The early TD units used a mix of 37-mm and the 75-mm (M3). Two aspects of how the Second World War commenced helped to delay development of anti-tank warfare: resignation and surprise. Indeed the tanks with the Browning mounted on them didn’t really get many opportunities to use these guns in an anti-aircraft capacity. In other words, why tow or drive what’s essentially a large Howitzer to well within the opponents’ gun range, when you can nail 'em with the aforementioned A-10, an Apache, our own tanks or a missile battery, all from well outside their gun range? These munitions will often descend by parachute, to allow time for target acquisition and attack. In the Soviet sphere of influence the legacy doctrine of operational maneuver was being theoretically examined to understand how a tank-led force could be used even with the threat of limited use of nuclear weapons on prospective European battlefields. After the end of the Cold War in 1991 towed anti-tank guns were considered to be an obsolete weapon. Replacements like the PaK 38 and PaK 40 were on their way, but the numerous 3.7cm guns were still used until they could be withdrawn, increasingly in secondary roles, garrisons or for training. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). At the battle of Kursk for example, the Red Army deployed more artillery regiments than infantry regiments and towed gun densities reached over 20 guns per kilometer of defended tactical zone. This is rather a given. These included obstacles consisting of natural features such as ditches, streams and urban areas, or constructed obstacles such as anti-tank ditches, minefields, dragon's teeth, or log barriers. Most were based on the Munroe effect which led to the development of the high-explosive shaped charge. Going up against contemporary weapons, the M1 is far less than “invulnerable”. From March 1943 the Red Army Air Force produced the more agile Yakovlev Yak-9T (37 mm cannon) and K (45 mm cannon) bomber interceptor also used for ground attack, with a single example of either gun in motornaya pushka mounts attached to the engine's gear reduction unit, that had either one of them firing through a hollow-center propeller shaft. Although these systems allowed infantry to take on even the largest tanks, and, like HEAT, its effectiveness was independent of range, infantry typically operated at short range. Bit of a hijack, hope no one minds. There are also anti-tank walls while an anti-tank pole can still be seen at Hornsea. First fielded in 1942, the Tiger was meant to forge breakthroughs on the battlefield, destroying enemy tanks at long range while shrugging off hits from lesser Allied anti-tank guns. ground to ground anti-tank weapon. This suggested that the infantry needed to be armed with integral anti-tank weapons. But the old ground-based anti-tank guns like the ones I see in World War II pictures are virtually invisible today. Designers also developed new varieties of artillery munitions in the form of top-attack shells, and shells that were used to saturate areas with anti-armor bomblets. Their large size and loud noise can allow enemy infantry to spot, track and evade tanks until an opportunity presents itself for counter-attack. With both anti-tank and anti-helicopter role, it does level the playing field somewhat. More sophisticated are submunitions with a homing capability. Urmel Member Posts: 4181 Joined: 25 Aug 2008, 10:34 Location: The late JBond. Entries are listed below in … And, when the Soviets crushed the Hungarian uprising in 1956 they did so by sending hundreds of tanks into Budapest. US Army pre-war infantry support doctrines emphasized the use of tank destroyers with open-top fully rotating turrets, featuring less armor than the standard M4 Sherman tanks, but with more powerful cannon. Experience strongly suggested that towed AT guns were less effective than self-propelled AT weapons and took heavier casualties. If the crews of the disabled tanks refused to surrender, they were engaged with flamethrowers, or a mortar would be fired on the stricken vehicle until a direct hit was achieved on the top surface, usually resulting in an internal fire. If you make a modern AT gun with the effectiveness of a tank’s maingun (The only way to -fight- a tank with an AT gun, especially since they lack the mobility! I see them all the time on AH-1 attack helicopters at airshows. [23][24], North Korean tanks were attacked by South Koreans with suicide tactics during the North Korean invasion of the South. Guided anti-tank missiles were first used in a helicopter-borne role by the French in the late 1950s, when they mounted SS.11 wire-guided missiles on Alouette II helicopters. 87. In the Cold War era, HEAT became an almost universal choice outside of artillery and tank units. ATGMs are a little inaccurate at close range because they havn’t stabalized entirely, but LAWs and other short-range rockets don’t have any problem with close ranges (in fact, they are -only- short-range weapons, compared to ATGMs and tank cannons). Where there were insufficient anti-tank weapons, engineers would construct anti-tank obstacles such as dragon's teeth or czech hedgehog. It was usually towed by a Univeral Carrier. *Originally posted by Tony Montana * There was no order for this work; moreover, at this time the attitude toward such development programs on the part of artillery commanders, such as Marshal Kulik, the head officer of Soviet artillery, was extremely negative. It depends on who “we” are. Chinese troops in the Second Sino-Japanese War used suicide bombing against Japanese tanks. The successful test of the latter was during the Battles of Khalkhin Gol although the Red Army foundered on the Mannerheim Line in 1940, largely due to the purge in the Officer Corps, claiming many of the senior proponents of the new doctrine. In the 1960s, the U.S. Army adopted the M72 LAW rocket, a lightweight, collapsible rocket launcher with the ability to penetrate moderate thicknesses of enemy armor. Depending on terrain and the available line-of-sight, the longer-ranged guns could begin to fire on approaching tanks from as far as 2 kilometers, which was also the range at which German Panther and Tiger tank gunners were trained to fire. With the appearance of Allied tanks, the German Army were quick to introduce new anti-tank defense detachments within the pioneer battalions of the infantry divisions. Anti-tank warfare originated from the need to develop technology and tactics to destroy tanks during World War I (1914–1918). Both sides in the Cold War also recognized the utility of the light anti-tank weapon, and this led to further development of man-portable weapons used by the infantry squad, while heavier missiles were mounted on dedicated missile tank-destroyers, including dedicated anti-tank helicopters, and even heavier guided anti-tank missiles launched from aircraft. (Photo by Republic of … This tactic was taught to the British Home Guard during World War II since they were not often provided with long-range anti-tank weapons. As tanks were rarely used in conflicts between the two World Wars, no specific aircraft or tactics were developed to combat them from the air. MANUFACTURERS. As to AAA, there is only one anti-aircraft gun system still in US service, using a 20mm Vulcan mounted on an M113. These generally featured a heavy gun mounted on an older or then-current tank chassis, with the gun pointing forward with a limited degree of traverse. Some of these CLGPs (including the Copperhead) have HEAT warheads instead of common HE. A 155mm should overmatch most armour by HE effect. Field artillery were often the first ground combat arm to engage detected concentration of troops which included tanks through artillery airborne observers, either in assembly areas (for refueling and rearming), during approach marches to the combat zone, or as the tank unit was forming up for the attack. During the late 1930s shaped charge ammunition was experimented with that used chemical energy for armor penetration. Towed anti-tank guns took too long to deploy on the move and it was difficult to guess where the enemy would concentrate for an attack. COUNTRIES. If all else fails, the hatch could also be forced open and grenades thrown inside, although later tank designs often have hatches designed to be difficult to open from the outside. Anti-tank warfare evolved rapidly during World War II (1939–1945), leading to the inclusion of infantry-portable weapons such as the Bazooka, anti-tank combat engineering, specialized anti-tank aircraft and self-propelled anti-tank guns (tank destroyers). With greater use of tanks by both sides it was realized that the accompanying infantry could be forced to ground by ambush fire, thus separating them from the tanks, which would continue to advance, eventually finding themselves exposed to close-assaults by German infantry and sappers. [14], In some cases in World War II, a tactic of some infantry was to run directly up to a tank, avoiding its main and machine guns, and pour petrol over and into the tank and light it, sometimes blocking the exit, burning the crew alive. You are correct in assuming that the US no longer uses towed anti-tank guns, primarily because they have extremely poor mobility. However, these suffered from fouling after 2–3 rounds and had a recoil that was unsustainable by the mechanism or the rifleman. In combat, this time was seen as too detrimental by the tank commanders and gunners. Most anti-tank tactics depend on the range effectiveness of various weapons and weapon systems available. These include laser-guided projectiles, such as the US's Copperhead Cannon Launched Guided Projectile (CLGP), which increases the chances of a direct hit. I think we engage 'em out at the fringes of radar detection. The gun was manned by a crew of over 1400 men, 250 to assemble the weapon, two anti-aircraft battalions to protect it, and the rest to load and fire the weapon. During the Vietnam War, the weapon was used primarily against NVA and Viet Cong defensive works and emplacements, as there were few encounters against enemy armor. In this category the main models were the German PaK 35/36 of 37mm and the Soviet 45mm Mod.1932, but other guns were also used, like the Maklen M.1917 (37mm), the 37mm Bofors, the Italian 47/32 Mod.35, and more, some in very small numbers. Are these weapons gone the way of the saber and longbow? In the last thirty years, however, a variety of artillery projectiles have been developed specifically to attack tanks. Who Says Dumb Artillery Rounds Can't Kill Armor. Since many antitank guns of obsolete models still are in service, the Germans have introduced the stick bomb, another development of the hollow charge, in an effort to make the most of such equipment. 73 Grenade). By using Krupp designs, they worked upon producing an Anti-Tank gun in several calibers (37mm, 47mm, 75mm), however, they didn’t get much interest and the project was shelved. Man-portable anti-tank systems are showcased here. Not quite This is another popular myth, one that people think has been “proven” from Desert Storm. Modern People's Liberation Army (China) Guns (2020) Infantry / Small Arms. In Germany, these developments eventually culminated in tactics that later came to be known as Blitzkrieg, while in the Soviet Union they formed the core of the deep battle operational doctrine. JOURNAL OF BATTLEFIELD TECHNOLOGY, The 9M133M-2 is an anti-tank guided missile fitted with a tandem HEAT warhead to penetrate 1,100mm to 1,300mm of armour. The origins of the anti-materiel rifle go back to the First World War, during which the first anti-tank rifles appeared. BY CONFLICT. When a tungsten rod strikes armour, it deforms and mushrooms, making it … The Soviet Union later adopted this style of self-propelled anti-tank gun or tank destroyer. The United States was one of the last, coming up with the BGM-71 TOW in 1970. This may allow the tank to be competitive on the battlefield once again. Panzerfaust 60. However, as their size and caliber increased, the guns likewise became increasingly heavy and cumbersome, restricting their role to static defense. After the war, research on infantry anti-tank weapons continued, with most designers focused on two primary goals: first an anti-tank weapon that could defeat more heavily armored postwar tanks and fighting vehicles, and second a weapon lightweight and portable enough for infantry use. Under the right circumstances,some WW2 tanks could,I think,hold their own against a modern tank.With good cover and concealment,and probably in an urban landscape,or heavily wooded terrain,AND with proper infantry support,some of the later models might have a fighting chance against a modern tank.The 85mm gun on a T-34 or 90mm gun on an M-26 would still pack quite a punch,and … The Maginot line defenses – up to 25 km (16 mi) deep from the forward positions to the rear line – were intended to prevent a surprise attack and delay any attack while the French Army was mobilized. Examples of guns in this class include the German 37 mm, US 37 mm (the largest gun able to be towed by the jeep), French 25 mm and 47 mm guns, British QF 2-pounder (40 mm), Italian 47 mm and Soviet 45 mm. mm Carl Gustav M3 recoilless rifle. From 1941, German anti-tank tactics developed rapidly as a result of being surprised by the previously unknown Soviet tank designs, forcing introduction of new technologies and new tactics. On the whole, thrown anti-tank weapons suffered from a variety of drawbacks. At least initially largely impervious to anything less than a direct, point-blank hit from a dedicated anti-tank weapon, the KV series was so formidable that the first time the Wehrmacht encountered them, Soviet soldiers destroyed dozens of anti-tank guns by simply driving towards them … The British had developed the High-explosive squash head (HESH) warhead as a weapon for attacking fortifications during the war, and found it surprisingly effective against tanks. Field artillery was particularly effective in firing against tank formations because although they were rarely able to destroy a tank by direct penetration, they would severely crater the area preventing the tanks from moving therefore causing them to become nearly stationary targets for the ground attack aircraft, or disrupting the enemy schedule and allowing own troops more time to prepare their defense. The armor of the M4 was effective against most early war tank and anti-tank weapons, but needed a compound angle to resist later German tank and anti-tank guns. It was during this war that the 65/17 saw its first use as a anti-tank weapon. VOL 1, NO 1, MARCH 1998, SOME METALLURGICAL ASPECTS OF SHAPED CHARGE LINERS, Alistair Doig, p.1. The reliance on the Maginot Line, and the subsequent surprise of the German offensive left no time to develop existing capabilities and tactics in the West. All of the above, but the CLGP can be fired from medium (122mm/130mm/152mm/155mm) tube artillery and rocket artillery. Once Germany was host to 4,000 tanks and Britain and France over 1,000 each. In modern times, the RPG-7 is generally used in an urban environment, which would enhance their effectiveness due to the close ranges involved. In 1931 the Royal Swedish Arms Commission then issued a directive for a 37mm anti-tank gun that could deliver a 700g projectile at 800 m/s. Overall, the LAW was regarded as a success, though its ignition system frequently suffered from misfires in the heat and humidity of Vietnamese jungles. The HEAT warhead was retroactively used to give more power to smaller calibre weapons such as in the conversion of the otherwise limited German 37 mm PaK guns to fire a large shell, called Stielgranate 41, that fitted over the barrel rather than down in it, to a greater range than the Panzerschreck could manage. This makes them ineffective at extremely close range. Deploying small numbers of tanks would therefore cause the Allies to lose the element of surprise, allowing Germans to develop countermeasures. His L-4, named Rosie the Rocketeer, armed with six bazookas, had a notable anti-armor success during an engagement during the Battle of Arracourt on September 20, 1944, knocking out at least four German armored vehicles,[10] as a pioneering example of taking on heavy enemy armor from a lightweight slow-flying aircraft.[11]. Their positions had to be carefully selected and once engaged, they generally could not redeploy. Anti-tank tactics during the war were largely integrated with the offensive or defensive posture of the troops being supported, usually infantry. [citation needed]. This was a long process, staring in the 1950s when lighter, more mobile recoilless rifles appeared then by more and more affordable and effective, longer ranged and … Instead, the guns were deployed to the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union. make it seem unrealistic I’m going to look for that link [1] The first developed anti-tank weapon was a scaled-up bolt-action rifle, the Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr, that fired a 13mm cartridge with a solid bullet that could penetrate the thin armor of tanks of the time and destroy the engine or ricochet inside, killing occupants. The Soviet Red Army after the Russian Civil War also begun a search for an anti-tank gun with a French Hotchkiss 37 mm L.33 tank gun, but soon upgraded this to a higher velocity L.45 Model 1935 while also making a licensed copy of the German 3.7 cm PaK 36. Although still being drawn by horses or towed by trucks, towed anti-tank guns were initially much lighter and more portable than field guns, making them well-suited to infantry maneuvers. Regular fragmentation grenades were ineffective against tanks, so many kinds of anti-tank grenades were developed. The RPG-7 could fire a range of different warheads, from thermobaric warheads to a single HEAT or tandem-charge HEAT warheads against explosive reactive armor equipped tanks. [citation needed]. This may change with the Israelis fielding the LAHAT missile that can be fired from the main gun of the Merkava MBT. Auxiliary unit operational bases. Another form scatters a number of small anti-tank mines in the tank's path, which probably will not penetrate the armor but can damage a track, leaving the tank immobile and vulnerable. So although it was intended for anti-aircraft defense, in reality this was not how the M2 was actually used on the M4 Shermans. The search for a more suitable, longer-range delivery system took up much of the immediate post-war era. There’s a big difference between a tank gun and a howitzer. Read another story from us: Panzer Hunters – Soviet Anti-tank Guns of WWII with Photos. By way of movement, anti-tank guns were divided into self-propelled and towed categories. They also were a good way to recycle obsolete Panzer IIs. The Iraqis apparently had some 100mm anti-tank guns during Desert Storm, but they evidently didn’t do any good. While modern tanks and most other armored vehicles are too well protected to be affected by anti-materiel rifles, the guns are still effective for attacking unarmored or lightly armored vehicles. We do have lots of anti-tank guns currently, 120mm Rheinmetall smoothbores and rifled 105mms. The Red Army used a variety of 45 mm, 57 mm, and 100 mm guns, as well as deploying general-purpose 76.2 mm and 122-mm guns in the anti-tank role. 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