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Cpt Butterpants

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8th February 2005

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#1 13 years ago

I have heard they used different tank loads in all armies for either anti- tank or anti infantry. Were these pretty effective for the uses? Did they have to change loads in mid battle? Also when were armour peircing bullets invented? did they work pretty well?


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#2 13 years ago

All tanks carried a few variances on shell types, whether for anti-infantry (HE, AP) or anti-tank (AT, HEAT


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#3 13 years ago

The history of such things is pretty interesting, and there should be a lot of resources on the web. In WWII, most AP (armor piercing) rounds had a typical configuration, but with a tungsten core (denser than lead) that would hopefully penetrate the armor after the outer bits peeled away. High-explosive rounds were for use against light armor, troops, bunkers, that sort of thing. As I recall, you had to fire the one in the tube before loading something different.

Modern Tank main-gun projectiles have all sorts of different technologies. The most-used anti-armor round is the "sabot" penetrator that launches a depleted-uranium rod at very high velocity. There are also shaped-charge rounds, "Squash-Head" rounds, and most likely many more depending on intended target.