The Boys Anti-Tank Gun
The trenches of the Western Front in World War 1 changed warfare forever. With each set of lines fortified and bristling with water-cooled machine guns that could spew out 600-rounds per minute, it was certain death for infantry to attack across No Man’s Land. To defeat these trenches, the tank was invented. To defeat the tank, the anti-tank gun was invented.
First, these were just big game “elephant guns” pressed into service. However, by 1918, it was apparent that a large, purpose-built rifle capable of shooting it out with an armored beast would be needed. Captain HC Boys of the British Army set about to come up with one.
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