Saturday, 14 April 2012

Soviet Bear Resurgence Part 2

Managed to complete my PTRD / PTRS AT rifle section for my Udarny Strelkovy HQ.
It's still a mystery to me for an army that utilized the Katyusha rockets, the Soviets did not create a similar anti-tank capability.

Excerpt from Wikipedia 
The PTRD-41 (Shortened from Russian, ProtivoTankovoye Ruzhyo Degtyaryova) was an anti-tank rifle produced and used from early 1941 by the Soviet Red Army during World War II. It was a single-shot weapon which fired a 14.5x114mm round. Although unable to penetrate the frontal armor of German tanks, it could penetrate the thinner sides of early-war German tanks as well as thinly armored self-propelled guns. Read More Here

PTRD 41 & PTRS 41 AT Rifle

The Germans and Americans had developed Panzerfausts / Panzerschrecks and Bazooka and the British developed the cumbersome PIAT. These weapons had given the common grunt with a real weapon that can destroy late war tanks at a reasonable close range.

But the common Soviet soldier had to contend with these elephant rifles till 1945! Of course they did capture large stocks of panzerfausts which they used effectively against their former masters in 1944-1945, but there wasn't a real focus in making similar anti-tank weapons till after WW2.

By LW, with a AP of 5, it's definitely can't dent any tanks but will still proved its lethality against light armored vehicles and half-tracks. I won't count on its AT 3 during assault phase.

On final note, it does add more warm bodies to my Udarny Strelkovy teams to absorb casualties! Urrah!

Elephant rifles in action!

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