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"Charley the Bastard" . . .Boyes Anti Tank Rifle

"Charley the Bastard" . . .Boyes Anti Tank Rifle was a half inch calibre (13mm) rifle designed to penetrate the armour of enemy tanks. It had such a savage recoil that the troops gave the nick name above and generally disliked using it, particularly as it was useless against most tanks . . .

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Boyes Anti-tank Rifle at the Infantry Centre Singleton NSW

Julis, Palestine. 1940-04-25. 2/2nd Battalion Private C. Elphick of N.S.W looks through the sight of a Boyes Anti-Tank Rifle. (Negative By Damien Parer)

Nagada, New Guinea. 1944-08-16. VX72103 Gunner D.N. Bentley, E Troop, 22nd Battery, 106th Tank Attack Regiment, Using A Boyes .5" Tank Attack Rifle To Shoot Crocodiles In A Swamp Near The Unit Camp

  28 Sep 2003. BRITISH Army Bomb Disposal teams are to receive a new .50in (12.7mm) rifle, firing a range of sophisticated ammunition designed to pierce bomb casings and ignite the explosive inside - allowing it to burn off harmlessly. The new system comprises an Accuracy International AW50F .50in bolt-action rifle, fitted with a high-powered telescopic sight, a laser rangefinder and a spotting scope. The system, which has also been adopted by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, is intended for use on large air-dropped bombs, typically larger than 225kg.It will be used where it would be difficult to approach the bomb due to the presence of obstacles or other unexploded ordnance.The ammunition is tungsten-cored, and one type has an incendiary filling.

- UK Ministry of Defence

Mortars in WW2
If you have looked at the weapons in WW1 page you will know that the 2 inch mortar from that war was very big because the 2 inches was the size of the 'stick' that ejected from the mortar, not the size of the bomb.

In WW2 the 2 inch mortar was a small easily used and easily transported tube. It was used by infantry, commandos, air borne troops and vehicle mounted troops.

  • The 3 inch Stokes mortar from WW1 was used again in WW2

The Bofors Anti Tank gun was a single shot gun designed to defeat armour targets. It was obsolete by 1941 but was still capable of defeating most of the armour vehicles being used in the North African desert campaign. The Bofors was a very popular gun and was made under license or copied by numerous European Nations as well as the United States. In Poland it was known as the WZ36. The US nomenclature was M3A1. A modified version was used as the main gun on the Stuart Tank. In Britain it was the QF (Quick Fire) 37mm Mk I. The German 3.7 cm AT gun (Pak 35/36) was a modified unauthorized copy. Effective against light armour at short distances, it lacked the sorely needed anti-aircraft capabilities.


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