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A mantlet was a large shield or portable shelter used for stopping arrows or bullets, in medieval warfare. It could be mounted on a wheeled carriage, and protected one or several soldiers.

In the First World War a mantlet type of device was used by the French to attack barbed wire entanglements.[1]

In military use from pre-WW2 onward, a mantlet is the thick, protective steel frontal shield, usually able to elevate and depress, which houses the main gun on an armoured tank, examples being Tiger Tank, Sherman Tank and Churchill Tank .


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  1. ^ It Nipped Its Way Through Wire Entanglements, Popular Science monthly, January 1919, page 30, Scanned by Google Books:

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