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In some telescopes the lead was actually added to the sight bracket so that the scope itself aimed off and allowed the operator to aim directly at the target. TACTICS 36 It must have taken a great deal of nerve to crouch behind a small metal shield and wait with bated breath for a tank to crawl into view. In order to deliver a knockout blow at less than 1,OOOyds the gun and crew had to be perfectly concealed and blend into the terrain. The author of this book was once told by a former anti-tank gunner that an anti-tank gun is like a large sniper's rifle.
Units of tank destroyers were probably best known for their actions during the north-west Europe campaigns of 1944 and 1945 but they were only part of the story. Towed weapons played a very significant part in stiffening the armament of infantry battalions and the 'in the field' approach adopted by the gunners attached to these units was far different from that of the 'sit and wait' school of thought. warfare in urban and built-up environments, together with the complex types of terrain encountered in Europe, led to the anti-tank gun being used in a defensive and offensive role.
Breech ring The end fitting of the breech into which the breech block fits. Buffer Part of the gun recoil control system that controls backward movement of the gun. This can be done by a spring or using a hydraulic action. Cradle The part of the gun in which the gun recoils and which has the trunnions attached to it. The cradle is normally connected to One of the Burney recoilless weapons being tested at the end of the war. 2in. gun. The main difficulty with these weapons was their excessive back-blast and therefore detachments needed to be very careful at the rear of the gun.