That issy had it the wrong way around!From the 1943 British Army manual Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank:
'Lie on the back and rest the projector on the chest, with the bomb support pointing over one shoulder and the shoulder piece flat on the ground. Keep the front support clear of the body and arms. Place the insteps on the shoulder piece, one foot on each side of the outer casing. Grasp the trigger guard firmly with one hand from underneath; with the other grasp any part of the projector that will give good leverage. Sit up or bend the knees if necessary, according to cover. Pull the outer casing away from the shoulder piece and turn it anticlockwise as far as it will go. Pulling with the hands and pushing with the feet, continue to pull on the outer casing until a click is heard. Considerable effort is required to overcome the resistance of the mainspring. The click denotes the action is cocked.
As with many of the weapon systems of WWII it was very cheap, easy and quick to produce in large numbers. It was also a dodgy peace of kit safety wise.Waithbrate said:Looks cheap to produce, The thing is basically a 'spring loaded' grenade launcher.
Any still used today?
Jeremy Clarkson's father in law won a V.C. at Arnhem for taking on a Tiger tank with a PIAT, see the link:-Mr_Deputy said:Using that thing against an advancing panzer. Balls of steel.
No wonder they were favoured for taking out emplacements rather than engaging armour etc
I met the mans CSM who was dissapointed that the Fusilier who stood up with the Piat operator and supported him like a No2 onthe 84 got no recognition at all. Him and his wife used to stay on a caravan site we looked after in Cornwall in the 1970's and when he knew I was joining up gave me some sound words of advice which I wish I had followed!brettarider said:There was someone from Bury? who won a VC for knocking out a Stug with one in Italy I think the story is that he fired it whilst standing up ...sadley the mans VC got stolen during a break in when he was an old man
Not so much as you would think Swordman...swordman said:What I cannot understand is this "Why in heavens name would anyone stand up to fire one of the worst and heaviest weapons ever invented"
But there you go, We old Veterans live and learn from the younger generation. Amazing! I would love to see a picture of one being fired stood up, even better, I would like to see tha horrible mess that came after it was fired. For in a prone position the recoil took you back 6 to7 feet. So how far back did the standing recoil take them????