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"Ofenrohr: new AT weapon of the German Army
From the interrogation of a prisoner from the 58th Infantry Division

The Ofenrohr is a rocket propelled AT mine, very similar to the Panzerfaust. It consists of the warhead with a fin stabilizer and a socket for plugging it into the launcher, and a launcher with a sight and firing mechanism. Two men operate the weapon while standing, kneeling, or lying down. One man holds the weapon on his shoulder, the other aims, giving commands to the holder as to where the weapon is pointing. As soon as the weapon is on target, the commander orders "fire" and gets out of the war, as a stream of hot gases is expelled from the rear.

When firing, it is necessary to wear a gas mask and gloves, otherwise it is possible to burn yourself with the exhaust gases.

The warhead is 70 cm long, 20 cm in diameter. Maximum range is 120 meters, at this range it penetrates 20 cm of armour. The system weighs about 5 kg in total.

The weapon is fired by pressing the trigger. A metal rod connected to the trigger enters a socket, closing the circuit. The rocket fuel in the rear of the projectile ignites, driving the warhead forward.

The penetration of the round is based on a hollow charge principle. The fuse is a contact type. Before firing, a safety pin is pulled out of the fuse.

The weapon can fire once, after which the barrel is no longer suitable for use. The sight consists of a front and rear posts.

Note: The Ofenrohr is not yet used at the company level, but almost all soldiers have been taught how to use it."

Via mihalchuk-1974.

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