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Garde de Paris Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 10:53 a.m. PST

I spend a couple hours with a good friend at the local coffee shop in the weekend, and last week he marveled at the Story of GI Joe, WWII, in particular the use of a 57mm Anti-Tank gun.

I hope this segment shows at I copy this link. That is a marvelous crew, firing at 4 seconds a round, or 15 rounds a minute.

YouTube link

GdeP

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 11:34 a.m. PST

If you go to the 29 minute mark you'll get right to the firing.

They are firing fast but its at a large building maybe 70-80 yards away. I don't think that ROF could be achieved at a stationary vehicle until they had it zeroed in.

The part that I found amazing was that in <15 seconds the entire crew dismounted the truck, moved the gun into position, and got the first round out.

Thanks for posting that.

Garde de Paris Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 11:53 a.m. PST

You're right about a smaller target, or more especially at a moving enemy tank.

I think they were firing at a round-topped or -domed bunker.

The army's rate of fire was 15 rounds per minute, so this was probably a real Army gun crew used for the movie. I believe this is from 1946.

GdeP

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Mar 2019 4:55 a.m. PST

Yes, I always loved that scene, and the sort of 'bucket brigade' way they crew sent the rounds to the gun. You can't really see it too well in the clip. I think the image has been cropped.

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