The Hungarian Army had to adapt quickly after joining the Axis war effort. Although they retained a highly effective officer training programme, the lack of effective anti-tank weaponry available to them was a problem they shared with the Germans. This was a particular problem on the Eastern front against Soviet armour. The anti-tank weapons that were available to Hungarian Infantry formations that were available became absolutely vital for their war effort.
The Solothurn S-18/100 anti-tank rifle was a cross between a true anti-tank rifle and a light anti-tank gun. Featuring a magazine-feed, the Solothurn could achieve a rate of fire of up to 20 rounds per minute. It featured a semi-automatic action in a bullpup configuration. The Solothurn firearms company was owned by the German firm Rheinmetall. It used the Swiss company to manufacture arms which were prohibited for manufacture by any German firm. This was specifically to get around arms limitations imposed upon them at the end of the First World War.
The Panzerschreck was one of the many man-portable anti-tank weapons developed to combat the increasingly thick armour of tanks. The Panzerschreck's 88mm shaped-charge rocket could penetrate all but the heaviest of Soviet tanks. The weapon was increasingly available in the Hungarian Army as the war dragged on.
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