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By Steven J. Zaloga, Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland

The emergence of the tank in global conflict I resulted in the advance of the 1st infantry guns to shield opposed to tanks. Anti-tank rifles grew to become general within the inter-war years and within the early campaigns of worldwide struggle II in Poland and the conflict of France, which observed renewed use within the kind of the British .55in Boys anti-tank rifle--also utilized by the U.S. Marine Corps within the Pacific. The French crusade made it transparent that the day of the anti-tank rifle was once finishing because of the expanding thickness of tank armor.

Nevertheless, anti-tank rifles persevered for use by way of the Soviets at the japanese entrance with rifles, the 14.5mm PTRS and PTRD, and have been nonetheless in frequent use in 1945. They served back with Korean and chinese language forces within the Korean battle, and a few have even seemed in Ukraine in 2014–15. totally illustrated and drawing upon a variety of assets, this is often the soaking up tale of the anti-tank rifle, the infantryman's anti-armor weapon throughout the global wars.

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