Panzerschreck

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RPzB 43 "Panzerschreck" rocket launcher with rocket - 88mm
RPzB 54 "Panzerschreck" rocket launcher - 88mm
RPzB 54/1 "Panzerschreck" rocket launcher - 88mm

The Raketenpanzerbüchse (RPzB), better known by the nickname "Panzerschreck’’ (literally “Tank Terror”), was a German anti-tank rocket launcher developed during the Second World War, based on captured American M1 Bazooka launchers which had been provided to Russia via lend-lease in 1942, or captured from US forces in Tunisia in February 1943 (it is not clear which). Using a larger and more powerful 88mm rocket (with the same warhead already in use with the Raketenwerfer 43 "Puppchen" launcher), it proved to be one of the most potent infantry anti-tank weapons of the war. Unlike the Bazooka, the Panzerschreck's rocket was still burning after exiting the launcher, and the initial production version, the RPzB 43, lacked a blast shield; troops in the field found it necessary to wear a gas mask to protect themselves from the rocket's exhaust. The shape along with the huge amounts of smoke the launcher produced resulted in it being dubbed the "Ofenrohr" (stove pipe), though this nickname seems to have been particular to the first version. The RPzB 54 (produced later in 1943) featured a metal blast shield to protect the firer, and also had improved iron sights. The final version, introduced in January 1945, the RPzB 54/1, used a shortened tube to decrease weight, and used an improved rocket which increased the weapon's effective range.

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Specifications

1943-1945

Type: Rocket launcher

Caliber: 88mm

Capacity: 1

Fire Modes: Single shot


The Panzerschreck rocket launcher can be seen in the following films and video games used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Decision Before Dawn German soldiers RPzB 43 19651
Paratrooper Alan Ladd Steve MacKendrick RPzB 43 1953
British paratroopers
The Tank Brigade German Fallschirmjäger RPzB 54 1958
Help! Cult members RPzB 54 without shield 1965
Let's Not Get Angry (Ne nous fâchons pas) Jean Lefebvre Léonard Michalon A mockup 1966
Is Paris Burning? A German soldier A mockup 1966
The Last Escape German soldier RPzB 54 1970
Operation Leopard (La légion saute sur Kolwezi) Katanga fighter RPzB 54 1980
Commando RPzB 43, seen in armory 1985
Saving Private Ryan German SS soldiers RPzB 54 1998
Days of Glory German soldiers RPzB 54 2006
Tali-Ihantala 1944 Finnish soldiers RPzB 54 2007
1944 German soldier RPzB 54 2015
Jojo Rabbit Archie Yates Yorki RPzB 54 2019
Hitler Youth and Volkssturm

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Monty Python's Flying Circus Terry Jones Brian RPzB 54; "Owl Stretching Time" S01E04 1969 - 1974
Band of Brothers RPzB 54; "Bastogne" (Ep.6) 2001

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Release Date
Medal of Honor RPzB 43 Enemy use only 1999
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine "Bazooka" RPzB 43 1999
BloodRayne RPzB 54 2002
Battlefield: 1942 RPzB 54 2002
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 in FPS and RPzB 43 in third person 2002
Day of Defeat "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2003
Deadly Dozen RPzB 43 2001
Hidden & Dangerous 2 "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2003
Call of Duty: United Offensive "Panzerschreck" RPzB 43 2004
Civilization IV RPzB 54 2005
Day of Defeat "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2005
Call of Duty 2 "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2005
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One "Panzerschreck" RPzB 43 2005
Call of Duty 3 "Panzerschreck" RPzB 43 2006
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 Can be reloaded by teammate 2006
UberSoldier "Panzerschreck" RPzB 43 2006
Company of Heroes RPzB 54 2006
Medal of Honor: Airborne "Panzerschreck" RPzB 43 2007
Hour of Victory RPzB 54 2007
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2008
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory "Panzerschreck" RPzB 43 2007
Call of Duty: World at War "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2008
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2008
The Saboteur "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2009
Wolfenstein "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2009
Men of War "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2009
Civilization V RPzB 54 added with Brave New World expansion (2013) 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2010
World War II Online: Battleground Europe "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 released with 1.34 update 2011
Orange FPS RPzB 54 2012
Company of Heroes 2 RPzB 54 2013
Sniper Elite III "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Panzerschreck RPzB 54 2014
Call of Duty: Black Ops III RPzB 54 Used by a German soldier in the intro of "Der Eisendrache" 2015
Heroes & Generals "Panzerschreck RPzB 54" RPzB 54 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "Panzerschreck 54" RPzB 54 2016
Day of Infamy "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2017
Call of Duty: WWII "Panzerschreck" RPzB 54 2017
Post Scriptum 2018
Enlisted RPzB 43 Panzerschreck 2021
RPzB 54 Panzerschreck
RPzB 54/1 Panzerschreck

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Hellsing Ultimate Nazi vampires RPzB 54 2006 - 2012
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Maj. General Olivier Mira Armstrong RPzB 54 2009 - 2010
Central soldiers
Suisei no Gargantia Sailor RPzB 43 2013
Space Dandy Dandy RPzB 43 2014
Punch Line Ito Hikiotani 2015


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