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Likewise, Fletcher in The British Tanks 1915-19 says of the forgotten British minefield using mines derived from 2" mortar bombs that the US 301st Tank Battalion stumbled upon on 29 September 1918: "A report, issued in mid-October, claimed that these mines had proved far more effective than any German mines so far encountered."

Jones, Rarey, and Icks in The Fighting Tanks since 1916, published in 1933, say of German WWI antitank methods: "Having finally recognized the fact that the artillery piece was the best of their antitank weapons, orders were issued following the Battle of Amiens on August 8, 1918, which greatly increased the number of guns per division...The present German doctrine of antitank defense is thought to be about as follows: ... (2) That weapons, especially artillery, using direct fire methods are the most effective means of combatting tanks." (Emphasis in original.)
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Professional armies laid defensive minefields based on the mine cluster. The cluster was built around a 'base mine' which was anti tank, around it were ap mines.
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Professional armies laid defensive minefields based on the mine cluster. The cluster was built around a 'base mine' which was anti tank, around it were ap mines.
Not in WW1 when the AP was hardly ever used and not always in WW2 - possibly most armies weren't professional!
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