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The PIAT (Anti-tank weapon)

PIAT stood for “Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank” and was the main British anti-tank weapon of World War II. British soldiers were equipped with the
Boys Anti-tank Rifle (Rifle, Anti-Tank, .55in, Boys). Even during the early stages of the war… the Boys Rifle as well as other anti-tank rifles were considered Obsolete it had insufficient power to penetrate the average tank armor So it was clear that it had to be replaced with a more powerful weapon the idea of the first British portable anti-tank weapon was brought up by leftenant Colonel Stuart blacker His black a bombard was actually a spigot mortar modified for an anti-tank role the weapon could launch high-explosive bombs It’s later portable version known as the baby bombard was used as a model for the p8 Black his design was improved by major Miller’s Jefferies who is in charge of the special weapons development organization called Ministry of Defence one or simply MD one this unit was responsible for creating a number of secret weapons for the British Army during the war because of its nature the Organization was also known as Churchill’s toy shop Maj Jeffries adopted the bombard to be carried and operated by one soldier The weapon bypassed standard tests and trials as it was of greatest importance to put it in action as soon as it was possible production of PS began in August 1942 a Strange thing for the weapon was that at the beginning the main manufacturer was the Imperial Chemical Industries Limited Which was not an ordnance company the PRS resembled a heavy tube made of sheets of Steel and was a 39 inches or 0.99 meters long and weighed 32 pounds or 15 kilos the tube housed the spigot mechanism and a firing spring There was also a trigger mechanism attached and a monopod the rear end of the weapon had padding to rest the shoulder The front end was made in a shape of a trough with a moveable spigot rod on which a projectile was placed the pr2 launched high-explosive anti-tank Projectiles with a shaped charge this novel charge allowed Piatt projectiles to penetrate through four inches of armor Its projectile tail was made in the shape of a hollow tube into which a propeller charge was inserted PS projectiles were effective against all tanks at distances of 115 yards or 105 meters The entire operation of the PS was very simple when the trigger was pulled the spigot rod was pushed by the spring through the hollow projectile tail which ignited the propellants charged The propellants explosion launched the projectile and pushed the spigot back against the spring and cost the weapon for the next firing So it was only before the first launch that the piers had to be cocked manually The piates simple design and spigot mortar system gave it an advantage over rocket launchers such as the bazooka and Panzerfaust Since it didn’t require a complex rocket mechanism. It was very easy to make and more importantly it was very cheap from August 1942 until the end of the war the Imperial chemical industries and other manufacturers produced around 115 thousand weapons another advantage the p8 had gained was its ability to launch high explosive grenades and smoke grenades Also since have used a spigot mortar system There was no back blast which allowed the p8 to be used from buildings and other confined spaces This was impossible to do with rocket launchers without harming everyone inside the room Despite these advantages Piet’s was quite unpopular among British and Commonwealth soldiers because of its many disadvantages The first one was that it was large and unwieldy and therefore difficult to carry around Another more important drawback was the difficult and awkward process of the piates initial cocking to do it The weapon had to be put vertically with the soldier’s feet standing on the shoulder padding The tube was then turned to unlock and pulled upwards to load the spring and to attach it to the trigger mechanism Once the spring was attached the tube was pulled down again and turned back to lock not only was this entire operation Complicated it was especially difficult for short soldiers not to mention that it was almost impossible to complete when in prone position the Piett also had a fairly big recoil which very often caused injuries to its users and Also had issues with round reliability which would mean that the whole cocking process would have to be done again in battle Popular or not. The PS was widely used after it at service in mid 1943 It was first used by Canadian troops during the operation husky the Allied invasion of Sicily from July to August 1943 in the British Army, it was used by infantry on a platoon level it was also used by Royal Marine Commandos and Even as an auxilary weapon by some light armored vehicle groups The British deployed the weapon and other armies and resistant movements in occupied Europe The piates was used by Red Army and Free French troops and also by Greek polish and Yugoslav resistance fighters After the war ended the need for the pH was reduced It was gradually withdrawn from service until the early 1950s when it was replaced in the British Army by the American M20 super bazooka Commands something with a little more firepower than the PIAT in war thunder war Thunder is a free-to-play military online game available on PC PlayStation 4 and Xbox One So simply download and start playing we played on PC every now and then as the username simple history The game has a choice of over 1,000 realistic aircraft tanks and ships which you can use to fight in epic battles with tens of thousands of players from all over the world use the link in the description below to register and get a free premium tank or aircraft and three days of premium account time as a bonus

100 thoughts on “The PIAT (Anti-tank weapon)

  1. They made 115,000, I'd say they saw some use. If you are only infantry and a tank rolls up it's better to have something more than an anti-tank grenade and a slingshot.

  2. Im confused.
    Wasnt the Panzerschreck the big rocketlauncher and not the Panzerfaust?
    If the panzerschreck actually was the big one then u made a mistake .

  3. If I see you in a war thunder match I'll say hello! I play at 10.0 BR in RB, hope to see you in a game sometime!

  4. Historians: catapults were only used quite vastly during the Medieval times.
    British Expeditionary Force: hold my beer while holding his PIAT

  5. Royal Army Instructor: Listen up, lads! First rule of firearm safety: NEVER LOOK DOWN THE BARREL!
    Ministry of Defense No.1 Armaments Distributor: To prime the PIAT, stand over it and put the muzzle directly under chin!

  6. you forgot to mention the PIATS major draw back its range was pitiful 105 meters compared to the bazooka 300 meters, also PIATS never fired straight like a rocket launcher you have to arch the shot for a chance to hit something

  7. Not only the boys AT rifle good at damaging tanks it can one shot kill people too that's how op that fucking gun is also the PIAT aka the spammer is a gun you'll get killed allot by fucking assault/infantry like me and I'm talking about battlefield V

  8. Do the Lightning sub machine gun of the polish home army. It was basically the lovechild of the mp40 and the sten.

  9. it was very effective against tanks but had very limited range. you had to get very close to your target. though one of our soldiers earned himself the VC by using a PIAT to destroy 2 Panthers

  10. Lmao he said it had an advantage over the bazooka bc its shorter 😂😂😂 yeah it is but it has no range. My pellet gun has more range than that pos

  11. I feel like the boys AT could have been used against other vehicles like the halftracks and any other number of armored cars, I imagine they didn’t for logistical reasons, like ammunition, weight, and the same effect can be achieved with m2 Browning’s which were becoming common place later on

  12. I'm pretty well educated in military history and I never heard of this weapon until battlefield 5 came out, just find that odd kinda

  13. Would rather still rely on a bazooka or tankfist.

    Piat didnt have a massive chance of destroying the tank, i would say its the worst option to go with.


  15. While Germany produce some scary advanced weapon, Great Britain is the one invents funny yet effective weapon..

  16. Another advantage of PIAT was it did not have anything close to the backblast Bazooka and Panzerschreck had so it could be used from inside a room.

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  18. Fun fact thats not really known is that a large amount of these was also given to the yugoslav partizans and there it was actually really liked

  19. It should be called I.A.T.P , not PIAT, projector infantry anti tank makes no sense,Infantry anti tank projector makes way better sense.

  20. British weapons makers
    "It works right?"
    "than why are you complaining"
    "It's uncomfortable"
    "You taking the piss?"

  21. Fun fact:
    Not all early war Anti-Tank rifles were obsolete. The Polish wz. 35 "Ur" was a rifle that could destroy every tank in the early stages of the war.

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