The Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT) was a British hand-held anti-tank weapon developed during the Second World War. The PIAT was designed in 1942 in response to the British Army's need for a more effective infantry anti-tank weapon, and entered service in 1943.
The PIAT was based on the spigot mortars 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.
PIAT in The War That Came Early Edit
The PIAT had been issued to elements of the BEF in Belgium during the 1943-44 Allied offensive. Their operators could kill a tank with the weapon, but only if they were brave, lucky and close enough to do so. It also proved difficult to load as its spring was too powerful to allow the device to be cocked in the prone position, leading to many men attempting to load the weapon standing up, thus exposing themselves to enemy fire. It proved very unpopular among the British who much preferred the American-made bazooka.
The PIAT first saw action against the Race during their Invasion of the United Kingdom in 1943. Although not highly thought of by Race Landcruiser crews when compared with the German counterpart, as even at short range it couldn’t penetrate the side armour of Landcruisers, it still didn't make the campaign in England any easier as it was more than effective against Troopcarriers.