Armor piercing shell from a 17-pdr gun embedded in a section of armor from a Tiger I tank

  1. Imagine you're driving a tank in a World War and out of nowhere a giant armor piercing shell just appears next to you

  2. You would be dead in that scenario. Nobody in this tank would have survived. The shock of force was likely enough but it would have also sprayed shrapnel all over the inside of the tank.

  3. I think these shells are made of uranium or tungsten but you’d expect it to still crumble a bit from such an impact.

  4. Probably had the desired effect. The fact that the tip came through the armour means that when it hit, the round sprayed red hot fragments of steel from the armour directly at the crew. So they would likely be either wounded, or having a sufficiently bad day that they're not in much of a mood to shoot back at the tank who just shot them.

  5. If you got hit by one of these you would, to quote xkcd 'stop being biology and start being physics'.

  6. You would explode like a water balloon. If it hit center mass I would imagine only the head and limbs would remain

  7. Imagine sitting there, focused at an enemy, and suddenly there‘s a loud noise and something tickles the back of your head. You turn around and see this.

  8. My first thought was Jesus Christ that’s thick armor what the hell could anybody do against that? I guess the picture is literally my answer, “that’s what they could do against that”

  9. Ever seen a shot-fired nail? Those go through 8mm or 10mm mild steel plate and come out the other side with the pointy end still pointy.

  10. A lead bullet would have deformed after that kind of impact. But this is a AP she'll made of substantially harder metal then the armor it hit.

  11. Can we stop spreading the myth that this is Tiger I armour? In another shot from a different perspective one can clearly see that its much thicker than Tiger's armour :

  12. Not misinformation. Its superhardened metal. As someone who works with superhardened metals (not shells), you'd be surprised just how much they can take and be fine. Not too mention when you get that hard, the metal doesn't mushroom, it cracks/shatters, which you can see on the tip that it had started to.

  13. Nah, it's a capped round with a softer steel to ensure the round doesn't deform as you mentioned. On impact the softer steel smears away and lets the rather hard steel do it's job.

  14. Did the people in the tank survive? Assuming there were people the tank and this isn't a piece from a munitions test.

  15. british never used Armor Piercing High Explosive shells, but just used Solid AP as it was easier to produce and worked just fine for killing or disableing tanks with the shrapnel.

  16. British shells were notorious for not having explosive filler Inside them. It's just a piece of metal

  17. I’m no expert on munitions, but I’m sure that that tank shell is as inactive as a handgun bullet that’s been shot. The gunpowder and the casing had already been used to propel the solid hunk of metal towards the Tiger. I’m fairly positive that the shell shown here is not an impact style exploding shell.

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