antitank gun


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antitank gun

[¦an·tē¦taŋk ‚gən]
(ordnance)
A gun suitable for use against tanks or other armored vehicles.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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As the commander of the antitank gun platoon, Gower was to stick with Ware until it was determined where and how the guns should be deployed.
Each rifle company became a task force, augmented by two 57mm antitank guns from the regimental antitank company, two bazooka teams, one flamethrower, three tanks or tank destroyers, and two heavy machine guns.
German 88mm antitank guns at the base of Djebel Lessouda and tank artillery did horrendous damage to the Shermans.
More than once Hemingway and his private army stopped to take cover (and maybe to fight back) when the enemy opened fire from half a dozen or so carefully chosen positions, perhaps a tank hidden in the woods or one of the still dangerous 88mm antitank guns on a piece of high ground.
This was especially true for the 45-mm antitank guns. While they were portable and relatively easy to wield in the field, their grenades were powerless against the armored middle-size tanks of the beginning of the Second World War and the newer lighter tanks of the early postwar years.
They were armed with sophisticated and heavy weapons, rocket launchers and antitank guns and equipment.
In my opinion, the German antitank guns of that era were generally superior to any others in that conflict due to extremely high velocities obtained from a wide variety of calibers, all combined with excellent sights.
"The Egyptian outpost was stormed last night by a large Israeli force backed by field artillery, mortars and antitank guns. The attackers overran part of the Egyptian lines which were manned by a company of infantry men.
The subcategories of light weapons are: heavy machine guns, hand-held under-barrel and mounted grenade launchers, portable antiaircraft guns, portable antitank guns and recoilless rifles, portable launchers of antiaircraft missile systems, and mortars of a calibre less than 100 mm (UNGA 1997, para 25).
Rather, tank losses were attributed to antitank guns (3), land mines (4), satchel charges (2), immobilization (4), and a fall in the ocean (1).