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assault gun

[ə′sȯlt ‚gən]
(ordnance)
Any of various sizes and types of guns that are self-propelled or mounted on tanks and are used for direct fire from close range against point targets.
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Assault guns must provide unique capabilities for which other weapon systems (e.
The psychological impact of assault guns cannot be overstated.
This article will first review the German army's original intent for assault guns during World War II.
Emphasizing their role as an infantry assault weapon, he made a clear distinction between tanks and assault guns, contending that assault guns were not to operate like armor.
Proportionally, assault guns destroyed more enemy tanks (20,000-30,000) than German armor could claim, and assault gun commanders attributed their domination of the battlefield to superior gunnery skills, often with first-shot kills.
Despite many battle reports decrying the use of assault guns in a tank role, Guderian's decision reflected the realities of Germany's flagging strategic position.
Army engaged the main Wehrmacht forces from 1943 onward, American Soldiers saw assault guns employed mainly as tanks and tank destroyers, and not in their intended role.
Assault guns must have the capability to traverse diverse terrain and in all types of weather.
Conversely, the arrival of assault guns in friendly sectors provides an immediate lift in morale and perseverance.
Javelin) mounted on the side provides immediate protection from enemy armor, but commanders should resist the temptation to turn assault guns into tank destroyers.
Lastly and most important, strategic and theater airlift capable assault guns provide light infantry and airborne the immediate firepower for forced entry operations.