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Panzerfaust and Faustpatrone

The Panzerfaust was a WWII German short-range antitank weapon designed for infantry use. The Panzerfaust consisted of a rocket-propelled, hollow-charge warhead fired from a disposable tube launcher. The Panzerfaust could penetrate up to 200-mm of armor which was sufficient to defeat all the major Allied tanks. The simple, cheap Panzerfaust was manufactured in the millions until the end of WWII and gave the infantry a useful anti-tank capability.

Panzerfaust Versions:

Faustpatrone: The first model with small pointed warhead. Production continued after the introduction of later Panzerfaust versions. Also known as Faustpatrone 1, Faustpatrone klein, Gretchen, and Panzerfaust 30 klein.

Panzerfaust 30: Initial version with large warhead. This and following versions were also known as Faustpatrone gross or Faustpatrone 2.

Panzerfaust 60: Range increased to 60 meters by increasing propellant. Sight and firing mechanism redesigned.

Panzerfaust 100: Range increased to 100 meters with additional propellant. Final version manufactured in any quantity.

Panzerfaust 150: Major redesign with new warhead and two-stage propellant. A small number may have reached combat troops before the end of the war.

Allied Intelligence Reports on Panzerfaust:

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