~ WW2 Inert British PIAT Anti-Tank Projectile Round ~
On the tail are stamped two serial numbers: '1413' and '0841C7'.
Inside it has a weighted concrete head and a label which reads...
"FOR DRILL AND PRACTICE INERT BOMB ONLY"
There no other stamps or marks.
~ Dimensions ~
The projectile is 15 inches (38 cm) long with a maximum diameter of 3.5 inches (9 cm). It weighs 1.2 kg.
~ Condition ~
The projectile is in good condition. Has few spots of rust but is nothing serious.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £14 or the PIAT can be picked up from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
~ History ~
The Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT) was a British man-portable anti-tank weapon developed during the Second World War. The PIAT was designed in 1942.
The PIAT was based on the spigot mortar system, that launched a 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg) bomb using a powerful spring and a cartridge on the tail of the projectile. It possessed an effective range of approximately 115 yards (110 m) in a direct fire anti-tank role, and 350 yards (320 m) in an indirect fire 'house-breaking' role.
The PIAT was first used during the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943, and remained in use with British and Commonwealth forces until the early 1950s. PIATs were supplied to or obtained by other nations and forces, including the Soviet Union (through Lend Lease), the French resistance, the Polish Underground, and the Israeli Haganah (which used PIATs during the 1948 Arab?Israeli War). Six members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces received Victoria Crosses for their use of the PIAT in combat.