By Steven Zaloga
Armor specialist Zaloga enters the conflict over the easiest tanks of global battle II with this heavy-caliber blast of a e-book armed with greater than 40 years of research.
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And British armies, the high level of secrecy attached to the project doomed any attempts to use the system as intended in the summer and autumn of 1944.
The two principal types of hyper-velocity armor-piercing ammunition in World War II were APDS (armor-piercing, discarding sabot) and HVAP (high-velocity armor-piercing). When the APDS projectile leaves the gun, the sabot and other parts separate from the core, and only the armor-piercing core impacts the target. When the HVAP projectile leaves the gun, the lightweight structure around the tungsten-carbide core remains with the core until impact. HEAT (high-explosive antitank) was not widely used for tank guns in World War II since the impact fuzes did not work quickly enough for the shaped charge to detonate properly.
For example, the German 37mm high-explosive round had only 25 grams (1 ounce) of high explosive. 5 pounds or more. Combat Ranges The effectiveness of World War II tank guns was highly dependent on the engagement range. Performance quickly fell off at long ranges as the projectile lost speed and accuracy decreased due to ballistic drop. Tank gun sights did not offer accurate range determination; this is dealt with in more detail below in the Command and Control section. Studies after the war found that typical combat ranges varied through time.