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Rafterman

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#1 14 years ago

This comes from the website www.wwiitech.net/main/index. Not much is completed about other WWII powers, but a good deal about the British. I just found this info about the PIAT rather interesting.

If you don't have time to read the entire thing, just check out the last paragraph about the VC awardee who took out two Tigers while firing his PIAT from the hip -- guess he was using a pistol hack.

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Lt-Col Blacker of the royal Artillery spent several years investigating into a rather unusual method of launching a projectile. Known as a spigot this design differs from more conventional efforts by dispensing completely with a barrel of any kind, instead using a projectile with a hollow tail unit. This hollow tail contained a percussion charge, which is detonated by the impact of a steel rod, which is driven into the tail while the projectile its self is supported on a simple tray. The explosion of the charge propels the projectile away, travelling along the spigot enough to impart direction.

In the early 1930’s Blacker patented his first spigot type weapon and by 1937 had produced a weapon named the Arbalest. The Parnell Aircraft Company made several of these weapons to be testes by the army in 1939, but in may that year it was rejected due to the appearance of the 2-inch mortar. In 1940 Lt-Col Blacker became involved with MD1 (Ministry of Defence 1) an establishment set up by the military with the task of designing and investigating into unconventional weaponry for use by clandestine forces. Soon Blacker re-designed the Arbalest and put it forward as a combined anti-tank and bombardment weapon. He claimed that it had the anti tank effect of a 2pounder anti tank gun and the range of a 3 inch mortar. MD1 put this design forward in 1940 and it entered service in 1941 as the 29mm spigot mortar Blacker Bombard and was used by Home Guard and airfield defence units.

Blacker's next project was a smaller, man portable Baby Bombard but before he got very far he left MD1 and the prototype Baby Bombard was left with Major Jefferis (later Major General R. m. Jefferis CBE). In June 1941 the Bombard, Baby, 0.625inch No.1 (the measurement being the diameter of the spigot) underwent trials by the Ordnance board. Reports were not good, they claimed that ‘the Baby Bombard would prove ineffective as an anti-tank weapon under any conceivable conditions of employment’ and on August 11th 1941 it was officially dropped. The biggest problem was the very light bomb. It was Jefferis who worked to develop a more effective hollow charge bomb which he put before interested parties in February 1942, thus turning the scales and by mid march pilot models of the now renamed Projector Infantry Anti Tank or (PIAT for short) were being made. The possibility or high explosive, smoke, flares and signal ammunition was investigated, trials of the new bomb were successful and final approval for production to begin was given on 31st August 1942.

The mechanism of the PIAT was mind numbingly simple. The Spigot was propelled forward by a huge spring. This spring was compressed by unlatching the shoulder pad, standing on it and lifting the body until the spring and the spigot were almost completely withdrawn and then returning the body to the shoulder pad and the weapon was ready to fire. A bomb was placed in the tray at the front so that when the trigger was pulled the spigot was released entering the tail unit of the bomb thus detonating the charge. This explosion blew the bomb off the spigot and forced the spigot back into the body thus re-cocking the weapon ready to be re-loaded. The maximum effective range was quotes as 100 yards though the bomb could reach 750 yards. The anti-personnel and signal bombs were never used.

The PIAT achieved the aims behind its design. It provided a reasonably lightweight, man portable anti-tank weapon. It was actually startlingly effective within it’s limitations but it was by no means popular. It was heavy, cumbersome and strenuous to cock. It was also renowned for being violent to fire. In spite of this it earned grudging respect for the amount of damage a determined man and his PIAT could do. The most famous action involving a PIAT must be the case of fusilier Jefferson in Italy. Jefferson dashed into the open and stopped two tigers with his PIAT firing from the hip. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest honor, for this act though the general consensus was that he deserved a VC for firing the PIAT from the hip, let alone destroying two heavy tanks!




MrFancypants Forum Admin

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#2 14 years ago

Interesting article. In FH this Jefferson would be called a noob with a lot of luck :)




Tuge

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#3 14 years ago

Yep, he would be banned in notime. :lol:




Driver

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#4 14 years ago

And if he did that in a Computer Cafe, he would get beat up.




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#5 14 years ago
DriverAnd if he did that in a Computer Cafe, he would get beat up.

A computercafe with two burning Tiger-tanks might be not such a good place for beating up someone ;)




lukav

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#6 14 years ago

be funny if you shot the piat standing up it would damage you




Vertical345

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#7 14 years ago
MrFancypantsA computercafe with two burning Tiger-tanks might be not such a good place for beating up someone ;)

lmao, i think you took that out of context. Anyway, sounds like a courageous guy, i wouldnt be able to hit anything from the hip with a RL.




Sgt Saunders

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#8 14 years ago

Yea, but was he bunny hopping as he attacked the tanks?




Grahf

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#9 14 years ago

I think the only reason he was able to get close enough to kill those two tigers was because he was LAGGING....omfg what a lamer

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-|DKS|- deathBOB

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#10 14 years ago

Did he have a pistol?