While exploring the confusion among Soviet battlefield investigators with German HEAT and APCR shells, kris_reid discovered the following curious fragment.
"...62 mm of armour was penetrated. A notable characteristic of this penetration was that both shells exploded in the fighting compartment without harming anyone, aside from the company commander, who was stunned.
During the same day, another Valentine was sent out without proper preparation, and was also hit.
- There are still combined forces commanders that do not understand tank tactics.
- The enemy has a long-barrelled 50 mm anti-tank gun that fires thermite shells that can burn through 62 mm of armour. The shell itself burns up and the remainder is ineffective at harming the crew."
50 mm gun firing HEAT shells? Of course not. The damage described (little internal damage, no trace of shell) is characteristic of APCR. After penetrating the armour, the hard tungsten carbide core shatters into small pieces, which are difficult to recognize as a penetrating element.