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What damage did anti-tank rifles hope to inflict on tanks in WW2?

Anti-tank rifles were made as a stopgap measure during and after WWI. The infantry needed something to stop a tank smaller than an artillery piece, and from further away than you could throw a grenade....
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Was the use of captured tanks an effective strategy for Germany?

First, lets clear up some misconceptions: In the early war Germany was at the forefront in the development and use of tanks No. It wasn't. German tanks were not superior to allied tanks. Allied ...
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How were tanks scrapped after World War Two?

Once nobody was willing or able to use them(either in other conflicts or as bulldozers), tanks were stripped of any particularly valuable or reusable parts, and whatever was left was disassembled/cut ...
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In WWII, what were the major differences in tank combat on the eastern and western fronts?

The question, as stated, is too broad. "Russia and Eastern Europe" is enormous with varied terrain. From the flat, open Ukrainian Steppe, to the rough Caucus Mountains, to urban fighting in ...
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What damage did anti-tank rifles hope to inflict on tanks in WW2?

Schwern's answer is very good and exhaustive from the technical standpoint. From my experience as sniper trained on Anti-Materiel Rifles (AMRs (Hecate II), I would like to add a few tactical aspects ...
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How did the KPA cross the Han River on 28 June 1950?

Did they not have to cross the river to capture Seoul? They did not... mostly. At the time, most of Seoul was north of the Han River; in particular all of the important government buildings and ...
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Why were the losses in the Battle of Norfolk so lopsided?

The ongoing arms race in armored warfare between defensive measures and offensive weapons generally means that a given tank is able to resist the weapons of the previous generation and, in turn, be ...
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Why did it take so long for the Germans to develop the first tank model in World War I?

While the Germans knew in principle that tanks could be built, they still needed to design a tank, develop a prototype, work out the problems, put it into mass production, develop tactics, and train ...
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Is this a Sherman, and if so what model?

It appears from the auction details, that the serial number of the tank is 18688. The serial number does appear on this list of known Sherman serial numbers compiled by Pierre-Olivier Buan (who has ...
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What are the grenades and artillery cited in this testimony?

Both weapons are AA guns The answer has nothing to do with what different languages mean by "grenade." The testimony is just a very bad translation. Wikipedia cites a Voice of Russia article ...
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Why were the losses in the Battle of Norfolk so lopsided?

According to AAR reports, the losses the Coalition took in this battle were almost all friendly fire incidents. Same AARs indicate that Coalition forces had decisive advantage in: Effective range - ...
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What damage did anti-tank rifles hope to inflict on tanks in WW2?

With all great answers I would like to demonstrate what weak spots were targeted. Here's picture from the 1942 Soviet field manual "Уничтожай фашистские танки из противотанкового ружья" ("Destroy ...
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Can anyone identify this tank?

It's a Valentine tank: The Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine was an infantry tank produced in the United Kingdom during the Second World War. More than 8,000 of the type were produced in eleven marks,...
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What damage did anti-tank rifles hope to inflict on tanks in WW2?

Schwern has a very complete answer in regards to tanks. I want to expand on that answer - not only were early tanks a lot more lightly-armored than many people think, but tanks were not really the ...
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What is the origin of the lake tank image that has become a meme?

It's a Panzer IVD of the 31st Panzer Regiment assigned to the 5th Panzer Div. commanded by Lt. Heinz Zobel lost on May 13th, 1940. The "lake" is the Meuse River. The man is a German pioneer. ...
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Has a sniper ever disabled a tank?

Tank commanders will often stand up in their hatch with their head out of the turret to get a better look around. In this position they were vulnerable to being shot, and quite a few tank commanders ...
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Vietnam war: did infantry really have to clear the way for tanks as depicted in "Full Metal Jacket"?

Tank commanders don't just stand on top of their tank because it looks awesome. They do it so they can get a good look around. Inside a tank the commander is blind and deaf. They're inside a very ...
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Any idea what type of 1920-1930s tank this is?

Panzer 38(t) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_38(t)#Peru They were apparently the only tanks Peru had in the war with Ecuador, bought by a Peruvian mission to Europe. The size of the wheels match, it ...
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Did Cossack cavalry defeat German tanks during WW2?

There are no reports from the 13th cavalry division, luckily however all is described quite well in reports of the 15th cavalry division. Further I translated most important parts of that report: At ...
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Vietnam war: did infantry really have to clear the way for tanks as depicted in "Full Metal Jacket"?

This of course would be an absurd policy No, it's not. It's standard. Combined Arms does not mean everybody hides behind a tank. It means different arms support each other, using their respective ...
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Is this a Sherman, and if so what model?

There's a (probably) exhaustive list of Shermans (Shermen?) with illustrations at tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/US/M4_Sherman.php. Disclaimer: A lot of models were so similar that it'd be a bit of a ...
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Why were the losses in the Battle of Norfolk so lopsided?

Although it isn't a complete answer to your question, you can gain some insight into the lopsidedness of this and other similar confrontations by reading this analysis: http://www.meforum.org/441/...
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How did an unditching beam work?

You can see it working in this Lego model:
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What is the gun traverse limit of the 75mm armament on M3 Lee/Grant?

The operator's manual for the tank is available from archive.org. The OCR quality is not superb, but sufficient to confirm the 15 degree left and right traverse. See page 41.
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How were tanks scrapped after World War Two?

Lightweight items such as car bodywork can be recycled by shredding them but there is no blender that's giant or scary enough to blend a tank. They would have been scrapped in much the same way as ...
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In WWII, what were the major differences in tank combat on the eastern and western fronts?

To add on Schwern's answer, the Allies had to modify some tanks to go through the hedges of the Norman bocage, they called these Rhino tanks. See how the front of the tank has been modified: Image ...
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Why was the first production PzKpfw V (Panther) called the Ausf.D, and the second production version called the Ausf.A?

UPDATE I have found a definitive answer to at least the first part, thanks to Steven J Flebbe on Patreon. This comes from German Tanks In World War Two In Action by George Forty, former director of ...
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Is this quotation authentic (88mm versus Sherman)?

The quote is not really implausible. The Deadly 88 — Was the German Flak 18/37 the best gun of World War II? it is said that the Achtachter (Eighteight) was the deadliest weapon of the war, second ...
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Is this a Sherman, and if so what model?

The seams appear to all be welded, not cast, so it cannot be an M4A1, an M4 Composite, or an M4A6, according to the chart on this Wikipedia article. It's got the 75mm gun, not the 76mm or the 105mm ...
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