Russian Anti-Aircraft Battery – June 1943

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Do you know what a dive bomber is? Yes, it could be taken out by a hail of .30 cal rifle bullets, when it went into a straight, low dive. German pilots did fear and respect this tactic. Before Barbarossa, they were used to the French, Poles, etc, running in every direction when they saw they Shtukas and heard the distinct sirens. Shtukas had practically no protection on the front. You have enough Mosins firing at it while it dives, it’s dead.

My grandpa told me how there was a big shortage of anti-tank weapons in 1941, but infantry divisions were tasked with stopping the “panzer” blitzes. They used concentrated selective rifle fire. The commander picked a tank and had hundreds of troops firing Mosins at it at the same time. The bullets took out optics, got inside the small driver’s view slot, bouncing around the tank and killing the crew members. It was a matter of numbers and probability. When the tanks got close, they used anti-tank hand grenades (when available), but mostly Motolov Cocktails and some times did shit like rush a tank and cover it with canvas, affectively blinding it.

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