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The earliest anti-tank rifles, the Tankgever M1918, were used at the end of World War I by the Germans against British and French tanks. These guns showed extremely low efficiency – only 7 French tanks were destroyed with the help of the PTR. The low efficiency of this type of weapon is partly offset by the relative simplicity of the manufacture of anti-tank missiles, the mobility of the crew and the convenience of masking the firing position.
The most massively PTR was used in the Second World War. This type of weapon was used by the armed forces of Great Britain, Poland, Finland, France, Germany, Japan and the USSR. Some researchers characterize the use of anti-tank missile systems at this time rather as a forced replacement for the missing anti-tank artillery than as an effective and convenient weapon. There is a widespread belief that the hasty development of anti-tank guns in the USSR in 1941 is not related to their effectiveness, but to the need to provide the troops with any effective means of dealing with enemy tanks with the loss of a significant part of anti-tank guns in the initial period of World War II.
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