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Post Info TOPIC: Could a Tankgewehr Really Take Out a British MkIV Tank?


Major

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This is a really good video on the effectiveness of the German anti-tank rifle on the Mark IV tank armour. Enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzDfUKNwfGc&feature=youtu.be

Another good video covering Cambrai. It also mentions bullets going through armour

https://youtu.be/MVspQ8gsFqk



-- Edited by MooreTanks on Monday 8th of May 2017 12:59:55 PM

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The balling effect on human flesh is an important issue, and reminds one that penetration wasn't always necessary to achieve those results.

And Craig, did you receive my Email yesterday?



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Yes thanks. You should have received a reply. I will be looking out for those WW1 guns and taking lots of photos. I am going there on Wednesday afternoon.



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From my limited reading about Tankgewehr rifles they were introduced from May 1918. I would have thought the most likely targets would have been Mark V tanks

which had thicker frontal armour (16mm vs 12mm). I thought the video test was pretty contrived - getting within 50 yards with a crew of two and a 2m rifle during a tank attack doesn't seem realistic to me. 

Charlie

 



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Without infantry support, getting within 50 yards would be pretty easy.

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I suspect that it was more a matter of the tank getting within 50 yards of the Tankgewehr.  I think the idea was for the Tankgewehr to give the infantry a weapon with which they could defend themselves.  As such it had to be portable enough for a German unit to move it quickly from one part of their trench to another as the tank approached.  This could be done within the cover of their trench. 

I think medals would have been in order for anyone dragging one of these things out of the trench into no man's land, hunting down a moving a tank.

MarkV



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