This film, THE ANTI-TANK RIFLE is a military training film produced by Bryon Pictures Limited (:06). It will break down some of the weapons used during the Second World War. The Thompson submachine gun (:17) was used for close range fire and had a high rate of fire. The Bren gun was modern warfare most efficient (:22). The Anti-Tank rifle (:26) was light and mobile, and considered the best choice for accurate close range fire (:34). Unless the target was considered ‘extremely favourable’ if was not ideal to fire under 600 yards (:58) and the shorter the range the more accurate the shot. The most effective range on it’s bipod was 1,000 yards (1:11).
Two examples are to be shown; one of troops firing too early from trenches and the other utilizing the Range Card (2:08) and men firing at the proper range (4:00). We will then focus on the Anti-Tank rifle (8:03). This war had shown the importance of tanks and therefore anti-tank weapons. The .55 bullet this rifle fired could penetrate light Hun tanks when fired at a 30 degree or less angle (8:41).All men were trained to use these rifles and any section could be assigned to carry them (10:00). An example ensues where we see the rifleman with his observer protecter controller (10:10) and are informed the flash and noise when fired was enough to give away the location so the muzzle must be well concealed (10:24). This man will fire too early and the tank will escape and his location will be revealed (11:19). Following is how to fire the rifle at the proper time and hit the tank without being seen (12:09). Next we will look at the Tommy Gun (13:39) which was the most deadly weapon when used properly. It was effective at 50 yards (13:45) and could be shot from the waist or from the shoulder using its sights (13:55). Low flying planes had a higher chance of being hit than hitting soldiers on the ground and we go to England for a demonstration (17:40). Marching troops (18:16) catch sight of aircraft, yet they are too high (about 4,000 ft) when they fire (18:40). In another sector, a Jetty plane is shot down by riflemen who held fire until the aircraft was in the proper range (20:14).The Bren gun was ideally suited for protective cover for transport columns (21:13) and we will be shown two scenarios. The first fires too early and only gives his position away (21:44). The second Bren gunners will hold fire, yet the position is still compromised by tracks in the mud. Fortunately, these gunners fire upon the bomber plane at the right time and it goes down (23:14).
“In the Attack” (23:43) will include an offensive attack.
The first scenario, the assault has no chance for survival as troops again fire too early (25:53).The second, covering fire section is well hidden and will wait until they can fully support the assault section (26:53).The Anti-Tank two pounder (28:43) was encouraged be fired under 600 yards and best effect would be under 400 (29:00).
The first example will fail on account of a poorly hidden lookout and again firing too early (30:16). The next scenario shows the lookout, the crew and the weapon well hidden (30:43) and they will react quickly and hit the tank efficiently (32:24). As the film comes to a close, the narrator gives a synopsis in rhyme form reiterating the need for holding fire and knowing when to fire for effective hits (33:41).
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