Bunker Countermeasurements

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by PlasticSoldier, Jan 17, 2018.

  1. PlasticSoldier

    PlasticSoldier New Member


    Just was interested in knowing, what were the methods an weapons used to destroy bunkers in the Second World War?

  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  3. PlasticSoldier

    PlasticSoldier New Member

    Nice, thanks.
    Do you know if they used any handheld weapons or explosives?
  4. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

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  5. Juha

    Juha Junior Member

    Yes but the Petard was effective "bunker Buster" see: Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers - Wikipedia

    Flamethrowers were effective and explosive charges.look e.g. Battle of Fort Eben-Emael - Wikipedia
    "The nine remaining gliders transporting the airborne troops assigned to Group Granite successfully landed on the roof of Fort Eben-Emael, using arrester-parachutes to slow their descent and rapidly bring them to a halt.[25] The airborne troops rapidly emerged from the gliders and began attaching explosive charges to those emplacements on the top of the Fort which housed the artillery pieces that could target the three captured bridges.[25] In the southern part of the Fort, Objective No. 18, an artillery observation casemate housing three 75mm artillery pieces was damaged with a light demolition charge and then permanently destroyed with a heavier charge, which collapsed the casemate's observation dome and part of the roof of the Fort itself.[26] Objective No. 12, a traversing turret holding two more artillery pieces was also destroyed by airborne troops, who then moved to Objective No. 26, a turret holding another three 75mm weapons; although explosives were detonated against this and the airborne troops assigned to destroy it moved off, this proved to be premature as one of the guns was rapidly brought to bear against the attackers, who were forced to assault it for a second time to destroy it.[26] Another pair of 75mm guns in a cupola was disabled, as was a barracks known to house Belgian troops. However, attempts to destroy Objective No. 24 proved to be less successful; the objective, twin turrets with heavy-calibre guns mounted on a rotating cupola, was too large for airborne troops from a single glider to destroy on their own, forcing troops from two gliders to be used. Primitive unlined shaped charges[27] were affixed to the turrets and detonated, but whilst they shook the turrets they did not destroy them, and other airborne troops were forced to climb the turrets and smash the gun barrels.[26]..." More in the article.
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  6. PlasticSoldier

    PlasticSoldier New Member

    Thanks, this was very useful (I'm making a 1/72 diorama with some commandos attacking a bunker position)

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