RPG-40 anti-tank grenade

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Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade. The manual for use of grenade is seen on its body.

RPG-40 is an anti-tank hand grenade used by the USSR during WWII. It was designed in 1940 and produced from 1941-1943. The grenade was also used in the Korean War. Unlike most anti-tank grenades that rely on shaped charges to penetrate armor, the RPG-40 is simply an oversize hand grenade relying on the blast of its massive explosive charge (0.76kg/1.7lb of TNT) to damage armor.

In the movies a training version of RPG-40 can be seen. It is colored in dull black, while live grenades are colored in green or khaki.


  • In service: 1941-mid 1950s
  • Weight: about 1.200 kg
  • Weight of charge: 0.76 kg
  • Length: 213mm (8.38 in)
  • Diameter: 95mm (3.7 in)
  • Detonation mechanism: Inertial impact fuze
  • Penetration: 20 mm (1.57 in)

The RPG-40 anti-tank grenade can be seen in the following movies and video games:


Title Actor Character Note Date
In the Name of the Fatherland (Vo imya Rodiny) A Soviet soldiers 1943
The Last Hill (Malakhov kurgan) Fyodor Ishchenko A Soviet sailor 1944
Nikolay Gorlov A Soviet sailor
Yevgeni Perov A Soviet sailor
Zura Lejava A Soviet sailor
The Star (Zvezda) Vasiliy Merkuryev Starshina Anikanov 1949
Fit for Non-Combatant Duty (Goden k nestroevoy) A Soviet soldier Seen in documentary footage 1968
The Hot Snow (Goryachiy Sneg) Boris Tokarev Lt. Kuznetsov 1972
The Hot Snow (Goryachiy Sneg) Aleksandr Kavalerov Pvt. Sergunenkov 1972
Sokolovo Soviet and czechoslovak soldiers 1975
Sokolovo Martin Stepánek 1st Lt. Otakar Jaroš 1975
To Survive Until Dawn (Dozhit do rassveta) Aleksandr Mikhajlov Lt. Ivanovsky 1975
Long Miles of War (Dolgie vyorsty voyny) Aleksandr Vdovin Svist 1975
Front Without Flanks (Front bez flangov) Soviet soldiers 1975
Front in the Rear of the Enemy (Front v tylu vraga) Nikolai Polishchuk Sasha Polishchuk 1981
Snipers (Snaypery) Soviet soldier 1985
Battle for Moscow Aleksandr Voyevodin Political commissar Clochkov 1985
Battle for Moscow Soviet soldiers 1985
It's We, O God! (Eto mi, Gospodi!..) Soviet soldiers 1990
Back in Time (My iz budushchego) Danila Kozlovsky Sergey Filatov alias 'Borman' 2008
Back in Time (My iz budushchego) Vladimir Yaglych Oleg Vasilev alias 'Cherep' 2008
Back in Time (My iz budushchego) Red Army soldiers 2008
Lieutenant Suvorov Sergei Parshin Samokhin 2009
Panfilov's 28 (28 panfilovtsev) Soviet soldiers 2016

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Release Date
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad "RPG-40" 2011

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