A British officer gives the following account of the use of
British two-pounder (40-mm.) antitank guns in Burma:
"I was on a road in Malaya when I heard the sound of an approaching Jap
tank, so I took cover in the rubber trees close beside a well-concealed
two-pounder antitank gun. Another gun equally well-concealed was located about
100 yards up the road. The Jap tank came around the corner and moved down the
road at about 12 m.p.h. swaying from side to side. The gunners allowed it to pass
while some distance behind came another. The leading gun opened on the latter
at about 400 yards range and it immediately swung in the direction of the gun. The
rear gun at once put four shots rapid into the exposed side and all was silence.
"I went with the gunners to examine the tank. The shots fired by the leading two-pounder
against the front of the tank had merely dented the armor and not penetrated. Of the
four shots in the side, two had gone right through both sides, and two had caused the
armor to break and flake.
"The gunners, very experienced, said that their guns never had any effect on the
front of a tank which was heavily armored. They always fought their guns in pairs. The
leading gun attracted the tank's attention and the moment it swung and exposed its
thin sides the rear gun knocked it out. They said it was just too easy. In this
action the leading tank was dealt with down the road. The crew of the tank were
three, two in front and one in the turret to operate the guns. There was a mantlet
around 75 percent of the bottom of the turret which, I assume, was to protect
the turret ring. There was a thick piece of loosely swung armor between the tracks
at the bottom of the tank. This presumably, was to protect the belly of the tank when
exposed as a result of climbing some obstacle."
BRITISH COMMENT: The tanks involved appear to have been modern light tanks
possibly with additional protective armor fitted. The mantlet referred to in
this report is evidently a splash ring.