For the purpose of distributing propaganda leaflets among enemy front-line
troops with whom they are closely engaged, the Germans have in use a propaganda
rifle grenade (Gewehr Propaganda Granate).
This grenade is similar in appearance to the Germans' small hollow-charge
grenade. It is fired from the normal cup launcher. The grenade sight, however,
is not used. Range is reported to be approximately 500 yards.
The propaganda rifle grenade is about 5 1/2 inches in length. It consists
of a steel case with a rifling pre-engraved on the base and containing a delay fuze
and a small ejecting charge, a removable cap and two covers for the leaflets.
The propelling charge, Gewehr-Kartusche Für Gewehr-Propaganda-Granate (rifle
cartridge for rifle propaganda grenade) is distinguished from other propelling
charges by a red band painted on the cartridge case. The weight, filled with leaflets,
is 8 ounces.
The grenades are packed 40 to a box with 41 propelling cartridges and a
supply of leaflets. They are, not issued generally to troops but are handled by the
sector propaganda officer. Information concerning German army propaganda units
was published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 30, p. 22.