15
Sep
08

French Military Follies

This is an image of the M20 recoilless rifle. It is the U.S. 75 mm calibre recoilless rifle used during the last months of the Second World War and extensively during the Korean War. It could be fired from an M1917A1 .30 caliber machine gun tripod, or from a vehicle mount, typically a Jeep. Its shaped charge warhead, also known as the HEAT, was capable of penetrating 100 mm of armor. This weapon could stop the Russian made T-34 tank at ranges up to 400 yards. It was used primarily as a close infantry support weapon to engage all types of targets including infantry and armored vehicles. The M20 proved useful against pillboxes and other types of heavy fortifications. The French decided they could do the rifle one better in Algeria and Indochina with the AMCA Troupes Aeról Portées Mle. 56. Yep, they mounted the sucker on a Vespa scooter.

I can just see these thing dropping from the sky, replete with rider in a beret and a baguette under each arm…

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