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Piat light anti-tank weapon

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Piat (Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank)

Piat - 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Approximately one piat was issued to every platoon of infantry. It had a range of approximately 100 yards against armor, but was effective against larger targets at greater distances.

The weapon was difficult to load, although once this was accomplished, the recoil was supposed to reload the spring. It seems this feature seldom worked causing the piat to be difficult to reload as well.

The piat had no back-blast, unlike the American Bazooka and the German Panzerschreck and Panzerfaust. This meant the position would not be given away to the enemy who would be able to spot a back-blast.

Photos shows a two man team from the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion with a PIAT anti-tank weapon in Lembeck, Germany, in 1945. On June 6, 1944, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was involved in the airborne assault of the eastern end of the invasion area. They also served as part of the airborne assault in Operation Varsity, to gain a bridgehead on the east bank of the Rhine River in Germany. Also see piat under British weapons.