~ Rare New Specification Deactivated Panzerschrek RPzB-43 (first model) 88mm Rocket Launcher ~
The Panzerschreck (translated "tank fright" or "tank frightener") was the popular name for the Raketenpanzerbüchse (abbreviated to RPzB), an 88 mm caliber reusable anti-tank rocket launcher developed by Nazi Germany in World War II. Another popular nickname was Ofenrohr ("stove pipe").
The weapon is stamped on the front left hand side with the serial number 'RH14113BPH'.
The serial number indicates that the launcher was made by (BPH) Simmering-Graz-Pauker AG, Werk Wien X1/79, Simmering Hauptstrasse 38-40.
There are no other marks or stamps on it.
It comes with its deactivation certificate dated 18.11.2013.
~ Dimensions ~
The Panzerschrek's length is 164 cm (64.5 inches).
It weighs 9.25 kg.
~ Condition ~
The rocket launcher is in excellent used condition. The camouflage paintwork is excellent without signs of rust.
~ Postage ~
Postage costs £35 or the item can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
~ The Panzerschrek ~
The Panzerschreck was designed as a lightweight infantry anti-tank weapon. The weapon was shoulder-launched and fired a fin-stabilized rocket with a shaped charge warhead. It was made in smaller numbers than the Panzerfaust, which was a disposable recoilless rifle firing an anti-tank warhead.
The Panzerschrek RPzB-43 first saw service with the Wehrmacht in 1943 on the Eastern Front.
It was in fact a copy of the American Bazooka, but was far more effective against armor due to its much larger 88mm High Explosive Anti Tank warhead.
It was capable of penetrating 10cm of rolled armor plate at a 90 degree angle out to ranges of 100 meters and was effective against soft targets out to 150 meters.
The first model was the RPzB 43 which was 164 centimeters (5.38 ft) long and weighed about 9.25 kilograms (20.4 lb) when empty. Operators of the RPzB 43 had to wear a protective poncho and a gas mask without a filter to protect them from the heat of the back blast when the weapon was fired. In October 1943, it was succeeded by the RPzB 54 which was fitted with a blast shield to protect the operator and was heavier weighing 11 kilograms (24 lb) empty. This was followed by the RPzB 54/1 with an improved rocket, shorter barrel and a range increased to about 180 meters.