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  • Bazooking a Panther

    Very interesting US Army report concerning first-hand Bazooka testing on a captured Panther.

    http://www.100thww2.org/support/776tankhits.html

    This and other awesome stuff at http://www.inert-ord.net


    "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

  • #2
    nice sutff thanks for the information
    looking forward to the new version of toaw

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    • #3
      Sunday night porno...

      Did the article state what the range was for the hits on the Panther? Or, was range primarily an accuracy issue, rather than impact energy, since the warhead is the active part of the Panzerschreck/Bazooka weapon?
      "You can't change the rules in the middle of the game."
      "Hey, you just made that rule up."


      Heil Dicke Bertha!

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      • #4
        The findings of this article are especially interesting because from what I know the troops that fought against the panthers were trained to shoot at the suspension/tracks. However the probable explanation for this is that the majority of the German tanks in WWII were panzer IVs, and their suspension could be very venerable. The most likely explanation, however, is probably that the troops were trained to shoot at the tracks, believing that if they split the track the tank could do nothing but drive in a circle or surrender, probably the latter option. However, Just how effective was a bazooka back in those days against armor?
        "the only reason tanks were effective during WWI was that the troops were too busy laughing to fight back"

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        • #5
          I don't know about shooting at tracks; easy to miss and not a good idea if the Bazooka crew wants to stay alive and they know they could kill the crew by hitting anywhere on the hull sides/rear or turret sides/rear. Shooting at the tracks would make sense only if the bazooka team was trapped with their backs against a wall or something and the tank was approaching head-on. As you probably found out from the article frontal armor was impenetrable because it was too sloped. The rocket would ricochet upwards just prior to bursting with the result being only a long gash in the armor but no penetration. The Tiger I had a nice boxlike shape, it would be interesting to shoot at those vertical sides and see the effect.
          Last edited by MonsterZero; 28 Mar 04, 16:34.

          "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
          --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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          • #6
            The idea of shooting at the tracks was to immobilize the tank and give the team and their squad mates all the time they needed for the follow up shot and to allow the squad to roll grenades under the tank. It was never intended to destroy the tank. They were shot at from the side/rear. Another interesting factor was that if a company of infantry needed to stop a coloum of tanks, they would just destroy the lead tank.
            Last edited by fulcrum7; 28 Mar 04, 16:36.
            "the only reason tanks were effective during WWI was that the troops were too busy laughing to fight back"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MonsterZero
              Shooting at the tracks would make sense only if the bazooka team was trapped with their backs against a wall or something and the tank was approaching head-on.
              How in the hell would they do that ??
              Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tigersqn
                How in the hell would they do that ??
                They wouldn’t. Infantry would generally fight tanks by fighting the infantry around the tanks or by acting as middlemen between the enemy tanks and the artillery/CAS. Failing that they would generally fight them in constricted urban, suburban and heavily forested terrain by ambushing them.
                "the only reason tanks were effective during WWI was that the troops were too busy laughing to fight back"

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                • #9
                  Cool site thanks for the link.

                  Thanks for looking!!

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                  • #10
                    decent information, thx for the links m8!
                    Maj. Reismann: "Kill every officer in sight!"
                    soldier: "Ours or theirs?"

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                    • #11
                      Nice links, can't wait for your next report "Grenading a building."

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                      • #12
                        "Bazooking"? Only in Warfare HQ can "Bazooking" be used,...and everyone knows what it means!

                        I vote to add this to Websters'!

                        Bazooking: verb - to bazook; to hit with a bazooka round; to have sex with a woman.

                        Come on, you all with me?!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CPangracs
                          ... to have sex with a woman.
                          hmmrr dear Mr Pangracs, I believe you are guilty of tautology there

                          EDIT: Hmm perhaps rather redundancy...
                          And I agree. Indeed there should be a sticky thread with "immortals", and bazooking certainly qualifies. Other memorable ones include the "when in doubt charge", "useless attacks with pointless losses", and I am sure many here have laughed loudly at several witty and expertly executed sentences.
                          Last edited by Dicke Bertha; 29 Mar 04, 14:11.
                          "You can't change the rules in the middle of the game."
                          "Hey, you just made that rule up."


                          Heil Dicke Bertha!

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                          • #14
                            Don't tell me some people saw the title and thought of a guy having sex with a mountain lion. I'm a non-native English speaker, my English is almost as good as that spoken by people born in the States but I am missing some slang words from my vocabulary, I guess.

                            "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
                            --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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                            • #15
                              Trust me Monster, no one in their right mind would ever go up to a woman and say they wanted to "bazook" her...unless of course they were TRYING to "deflect" her on to another trajectory!
                              "Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorius is to die daily" - Napoleon Bonaparte.

                              Michael

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