In the testimony of a Soviet officer of the raid on Tatsinskaya cited by Wikipedia, the Soviet officer speaks of two elements faced by Soviet tanks:
- Enemy artillery
- Germans "launching grenades [that blows up] tanks"
My question is: if artillery is antitank artillery, as I supposed, what are those "grenades"? Is this a bad name for mortar shells? For antitank rounds (and if yes could it be HEAT rounds)? Or is it true rifle-launched grenades, that as far as I know existed during WW2 but were not that much efficient because of lack of precision?
Here I have copied the testimony:
Our tank detachments unexpectedly broke into Tatsinski military airport. First to penetrate enemy's territory was captain Nechaev's battalion. A tough fight between tanks and enemy artillery began. Germans were shooting grenades at the Russian (sic - Soviet) tanks and managed to blow up several of them. However the Soviet tank crews broke the Nazi defense. After they destroyed patrol forces, Russian (sic) soldiers started shooting German pilots that rushed to their planes desperately hoping to save their lives