On This Day…January 2nd
Great stern view of the USS New Mexico (BB-40) on January 2nd, 1943.
January 2nd, 1945. This Panzer IV has been hit three times by bazooka (probably more as target/experimental practice rather than in theatre, but I can’t find an exact reference) with armour piercing rockets. The interesting thing here is an early and pretty crude attempt at ‘spaced armour’ (the mesh covering part of the turret) against HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) rockets. The idea is that the light sloped armour/mesh detonates the warhead prematurely so that the jet of metal is focused well before the main armour, neutralising some of the effect. Clearly, in this case, it didn’t work. Any more information/correction on this would be welcome.
As you will all know, January 2nd is International Science Fiction Day. Live long, and prosper...
The road to ruin. This photo was taken of the German retreat from Moscow on January 2nd, 1942.