The slow decline of the Tank - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 06.08.06 | 21:30 (IDT)

    The first infantry anti-tank weapons evolved in WW II. One man with a Panzerfaust, PIAT, or two with a Bazooka, could off a tank. But then most tanks could off a tank. So armor got heavier, engines got bigger, guns increased in bore and muzzle velocity. I remember the shock of the Sagger in 1973. Sure, most armies had been deploying AT missiles, but no one had seen them in use in war. Anti-Tank missiles have been improving much faster than tanks for 50 years. They also have been dropping in price as rapidly as tanks have increased in cost. I was explaining to my son about the use of the Halberd. "The hook was to snag the knight off his horse, then when he was helpless on the ground a couple guys would pin him down with their halberds while others used the can opener. . . " "Seems to me Joe that a moving fox hole draws fire." - Bill Mauldin cartoon with Willie & Joe watching a tank in WW II

    from the article: Hezbollah anti-tank fire causing most IDF casualties in Lebanon
    First published 00:00 06.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 06.08.06
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