Friday 30 July 2021

Weak Spots #3

As you've seen in previous articles, diagrams showing weak areas of enemy tanks were pretty common in the Red Army. However, these diagrams were usually produced as a result of thorough study and live fire tests. Sometimes diagrams had to be produced with less information, and thus ended up a little bit more vague, like these ones drawn up in the early stages of the war.

To start, the Pz.Kpfw.III tank. The USSR had some experience with this vehicle, but the information is still pretty vague. The gunner is instructed to fire an anti-tank cannon (presumably a 45 mm one) from 1000 m or closer at the areas highlighted in red. Areas highlighted in blue (vision slits and the cupola) are vulnerable to bullets. The reader is also instructed to throw grenade bundles under the tracks and Molotov cocktails on the engine deck.

Next is the "Praga light tank". This was the Soviet name for the Pz.Kpfw.38(t), which you could also probably have figured out from the crude but recognizeable drawing. The diagram instructs the user to fire at the front of the tank using an anti-tank cannon at a range 1000 m or closer and at the sides at a range of 1500 m or closer. Red areas are the suggested aiming points for cannons. The advice for infantry is the same as with the Pz.Kpfw.III.

Finally, the "Skoda light tank" or Pz.Kpfw.35(t). The advice given here is exactly the same as for the other Czechoslovakian tank.

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