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Anti-Tank Warfare

Post by KirkR63 » 26 Oct 2022 19:19

Good day All,
I am doing some preliminary research into anti-tank warfare by both the Germans and the Allies in World War 2. Furthermore, I am wondering if anyone knows or has some decent material, manuals, staff rides, books on battles/campaigns that anti-tank warfare doctrine/tactics played a significant role in the outcome of the battle

In addition, I am also researching the role of antitank history. I do have the normal books: Men Against Tanks, Tank Hunting and Tank Killers, plus some manuals on anti-mechanized defense. Any and all suggestions are very welcomed.

PS If anyone has any material written by Ernst Volckheim in English, I would also appreciate it!

Thank you all in advance>

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Re: Anti-Tank Warfare

Post by Leros87 » 27 Oct 2022 12:45

Only a small element here but hope it’s of use. 2nd Irish Guards produced a lessons learnt report following its return from the defence of Boulogne in May 1940. In it they noted that the anti tank guns were too cumbersome and slow, relying on their towing vehicles; as a result many were lost. It noted that in future the guns should be properly sited, dug in and protected. The Boys anti tank rifles proved worthless.

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Re: Anti-Tank Warfare

Post by KirkR63 » 30 Oct 2022 19:40

Thak you for your help Leros87! I will look into this!

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Re: Anti-Tank Warfare

Post by Sheldrake » 08 Nov 2022 19:24

My books on artillery in Normandy cover British anti-tank organisation and tactics as well as accounts of tank v anti tank gun action.

Gunners in Normandy https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gunners-Norman ... 0750990449
This is just one volume of a series covering the Royal Regiment in the Second World War
Farndale's Years fo defeat covers then first three years of the war. https://www.amazon.co.uk/YEARS-DEFEAT-1 ... C94&sr=1-1

History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery Anti-Aircraft Artillery 1914-55 Routledge, N. W., Brigadier OBE, TD This has somehtign about AA Guns used in the ground role. Not on Amazon. https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/Book ... 1-_-image1

This is part history part travel guide.
D Day Gunners https://www.amazon.co.uk/D-Day-Gunners- ... 121&sr=1-1

Pemberton's Artillery Equipment and Tactics is the in house , classified, story of artillery. Its a bit pricy but you may find it in a library.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Development-Ar ... B00E9E35VE

Shelford Bidwell's Gunner history also covers anti tank guns
Gunners at War: A Tactical Study of the Royal Artillery in the Twentieth Century Hardcover – 1 April 1970 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gunners-War-Ta ... C80&sr=1-2

He wrote a later work (Firepower) with Dominic Graham https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Power-The ... C91&sr=1-1

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Re: Anti-Tank Warfare

Post by Sheldrake » 20 Nov 2022 14:23

Oh and Men against tanks isa good.

The book is by Ian Weeks is a history of anti tank warfare.
https://www.amazon.com/Men-against-tank ... 0884051307

The title was inspired by a German Training film from 1943 it is three parts on Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... ER)+1+of+3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6fox2A3ung

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L6SW-mgg1U

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Re: Anti-Tank Warfare

Post by Hoplophile » 24 Nov 2022 03:29

A digital version of Pemberton's history of British artillery tactics in WWII can be found here:

https://www.mlrsbooks.co.uk/bookstore/p ... em332.html

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