Believed to have been inspired by the American bazooka, the German Panzerschreck was a shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon that was first deployed in 1943.

Although this weapon was officially designated as a Raketen-Panzerbüchse (RPzB) 5, which translates as "Rocket Tank Rifle," it was more widely known as a Panzerschreck, which meant "Tank Terror."

Like the bazooka, the Panzerschreck operated by firing a small rocket through an open-ended tube using an electrical ignition system. The Panzerschreck was operated by a two-man team; one soldier to load and observe, and the other to aim and fire. Later versions of the Panzerschreck were outfitted with a blast shield designed to protect the operator from the rocket's burning propellent.


A Panzerschreck is seen during the Battle of Ramelle, and the weapon is accurately depicted as being deployed by a two-man team.


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Tube Length: 5'
Tube Diameter: 3.5"
Weight: 20 lbs.
Armament: 7.25 lb. rocket
Crew: 2; 1 operator and 1 loader
Range: 500'
Armor Penetration: 8.25"