On this page are displayed two examples of the German anti-tank weapon known as the Panzerfaust!
The Panzerfaust "Tank Fist" was a one shot rocket launcher that was based upon the hollow charge principle. The warhead, the large bulbous grenade in the end of the tube was fitted with an impact fuze. The explosive charge fitting onto a simple wooden tail piece with sprung steel fins. Behind the tail, in the tube was the propellant charge.
The weapon was sighted using the flip up metal sight and the weapon fired by pressing down on the trigger on the top of the tube, this activating the propellant charge and launching the rocket on it's way.
The two examples shown above are; top, a 60m recovered from the Ardennes, having been used by a farmer to place fence posts into the ground. The warhead was not attached! The warheads on both examples was made by using measurements from actual rockets and producing a wooden dummy warhead for display purposes.
The lower example is of the rarer Faustpatrone 1 or "Gretchen" this one as found in Germany.
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