WWII British PIAT Anti-Tank Bomb Launcher Resin Replica Round - “Dated 1944”

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Replica Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice resin replica of a WWII British PIAT Anti-Tank Bomb Launcher Round. This was never an explosive device and cannot be converted into an explosive device.

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This round is in excellent condition, and even has simulated British ordnance markings on many components. The “warhead” itself is marked I.C.I/C/FHE with a date of 5 / 44 (May, 1944). It measures approximately 17 inches in length.

This is a fantastic HEAT type PIAT round replica. Ready to display!

The Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT) was a British anti-tank weapon developed during the Second World War. The PIAT was designed in response to the British Army's need for a more effective hand-held infantry anti-tank weapon. It consisted of a steel tube, a trigger mechanism and firing spring, and was based on the spigot mortar system; instead of using a propellant to directly fire a round, the spring was cocked and tightened. When the trigger was pulled, it released the spring that pushed the spigot forward into the rear of the bomb.
This detonated the propellant in the bomb itself, which was then thrown forward off the spigot. It possessed an effective range of approximately 100 yards (90 m).

This system meant that the PIAT had several advantages, which included a lack of muzzle smoke to reveal the position of the user, the ability to fire it from inside buildings, and an inexpensive barrel. The PIAT entered service in 1943, and was first used during the Allied invasion of Sicily that year; it remained in use with British and Commonwealth forces until the early 1950s, when it was replaced by the American bazooka. A large number of PIATs were supplied to the Soviet Union through Lend Lease, and it was also used by the French resistance and the Polish Underground. The Israeli Haganah used PIATs during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Six members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces received Victoria Crosses whilst using the PIAT in combat.

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