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," was a German anti-tank 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
Paratrooper Alan Ladd Steve MacKendrick 1953
Paratrooper British paratroopers 1953
The Tank Brigade German SS soldier 1958
Help! Cult members RPzB 43 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 1970
Commando RPzB 43, seen in armory 1985
Saving Private Ryan German SS soldiers 1998
Days of Glory German soldiers 2006
Tali-Ihantala 1944 Finnish soldiers 2007
1944 German soldier RPzB 54 2015

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Monty Python's Flying Circus 1969 - 1974
Band of Brothers 2001

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Release Date
Medal of Honor (1999) RPzB 43 Enemy use only 1999
Call of Duty: United Offensive RPzB 43 2004
Call of Duty 2 2005
Call of Duty 3 RPzB 43 2006
Call of Duty: World at War 2008
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 Can be reloaded by teammate 2006
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002
Medal of Honor: Infiltrator 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
UberSoldier 2006
Company of Heroes 2006
The Saboteur 2009
World War II Online: Battleground Europe released with 1.34 update 2011
Orange FPS 2012
Company of Heroes 2013
Sniper Elite III 2014
Heroes & Generals 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Hellsing Nazi vampires 2006 - ????
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Maj. General Olivier Mira Armstrong 2009 - 2010
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Central soldiers 2009 - 2010
Suisei no Gargantia Sailor 2013
Space Dandy Dandy 2014



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