WW2 (US) Infantry weapons and their effects...

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:06 pm

I came across this very grainy, but watchable, period flick today. It was an official moive for infantry recruits, but gives a fascinating insight into the range of weapons a typical infantryman could be expected to use, or be proficient with. Later on, around 16mins in, we see an infantryman attacking what looks like a Pz IV F2 with a rifle grenade. I didn't think they could be that effective. :)

I guess that captured German helmets were in short supply when this information film was made, as the 'Germans' are wearing WW1 vintage 'coal-scuttle' type helmets. Still, I guess they weren't allowed to shoot some real Germans wearing M42 and M43 pattern helmets. :lolno:
I have an M43 steel helmet (Stahlhelm), incidentally...
this is what it looks like:
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This is what the WW1 version looked like- minus coal, but with camo:
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Do check with weapons video out, especially the assault on the Pz IV. I'd love to have one of those in my garden- ... not the assault, but the tank :haha:
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:54 pm

Here's a screen grab of the (1.5lb) rifle grenade hitting the Pz IV.

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Inspired by the pic of the rifle grenade ventilating the side of the Pz IV turret, I found this piece (also Contemporary WW2 footage) of US anti-tank weapons.
...and British anti-tank weaponry:
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Then there's amiable, chatty, Lindybeige in a lengthy account of the 6-pounder AT in action ( no doubt after he's taken some 'speed' :lolno: ):
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