In an alternative twist of history. Germany was not defeated in WW2. The world has changed. See description for more info, and backstory.

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Anti-Tank Rifleman
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nicely done! :)

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TheCeLL87 Creator

I love how the gun is ridiculously detailed compared to the soldier xD

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A mix of Sniper and AT soldier Yeah good

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Kalga Creator

Anti-tank Rifleman: The province of Shandong was long famous as the breeding ground for strong, tough men. Therefore, when the new 45 mm QJZ-335 Anti-Tank Rifle (the actual caliber is 23mm, the 45mm was used in propaganda to demoralize the enemy) was developed for use in the anti-armor role it was obvious where to get the men to use these monstrous (weighing some 9kg unloaded) guns. Although the QJZ-335 Anti-Tank Rifle, like other anti-material rifles of similar caliber, was originally meant for two men teams but the shortage of men for conscription from that province meant that each Anti-tank Rifleman was trained to carry both the rifle and its ammunition. Even though they can carry these guns and their support equipment by themselves, the sheer sizes of these guns, as well as the recoil generated from firing, forces the Anti-tank Rifleman to fire from a prone position. Like all conscripts, the training of Anti-tank Rifleman stresses ideological conformity over adaptive learning, and no Anti-tank Rifleman will ever deviate from his training, lest he be transferred to a penal brigade for “mine clearing duties”.

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When the QJZ-335 Anti-tank rifle was designed. It was originally intended for a two-man team. However, mass production led to many rifles being wasted as surplus. Marshall Xu decreed, "We have the men, we will not waste the weapons." New doctrines were hurriedly written and the rifle design was modified to allow for one person's carriage. The men who carry these monstrous rifles go through rigorous strength training to deal with the immense weight of the rifle. Weighing some 9kg unloaded, the rifle was deemed too inaccurate to fire from the shoulder. As such, the weapon can only be firing from a prone position with bipod support. The 23mm projectile fired from the rifle can pierce through almost all but the thickest armour due to its unique terminal ballistic properties. In fact, the holes it created during test firing at 100mm steel plates were near identical to those created by the 45mm AT gun in service at the time. Hence, the rifle was named "45mm AT rifle" in order to confuse and demoralise enemy tank operators. The AT rifleman is also capable of concealing himself from the enemy, having gone through the same training as all other conscripts. However, like the conscript rifleman, he does not make use of combat experience learnt during deployment and as such will not receive battlefield promotions.

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