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15 cm Panzerwerfer 42

Rocket Artillery




15 cm Panzerwerfer 42

Service Data:

In Service: 1943 to 1945

Production Data:

Manufacturer:
Number built: 1,125

Technical Data:

Type: Panzerwerfer

Calibre: 15 cm
Length: 1.3 m
Weight: 8,500 kg
Breech: electrically fired
Recoil:
Carriage:
Elevation: +13° 30 to +45°
Traverse: 360
Rate of fire: rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 340 m/s
Effective range: 6,900 m
Shell Weight: 34.7 kg
Used by: Heer
Variants:

Other: Rocket Artillery
Articles:

History:

The 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 (15 cm Pz.Wf 42) was a ten barreled multiple rocket launcher mounted on two self propelled artillery vehicles, 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf (Sf) Sd.Kfz. 4/1 or 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Selbstfahrlafette Sd.Kfz. 4/1 based on the Opel Maultier, or "mule", halftrack and 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 (Zehnling) auf (Sf) sWS or 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 (Zehnling) auf Selbstfahrlafette Schwere Wehrmachtschleppe. And fired a 15 cm Wurfgranate 41 Spreng missile that was spin stabilised electrically fired. The crews of these weapons could only fire once because smoke trails marked the firing location, making it relatively easy for the enemy to shoot back. Counter-battery fire was thus a serious issue for rocket units

Gallery:

15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf (Sf) Sd.Kfz. 4/1 picture 2
15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf (Sf) Sd.Kfz. 4/1 picture 3
15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf (Sf) Sd.Kfz. 4/1 picture 4
15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf (Sf) Sd.Kfz. 4/1 picture 5
15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 (Zehnling) auf (Sf) sWS picture 6
15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 (Zehnling) auf (Sf) sWS picture 7

Heer Comments

Sources:

German Artillery in World War II. 1939-1945.
ISBN-10: 0887407625

German Artillery of World War Two.
ISBN-10: 1853672610

German Rocket Launchers in WWII
ISBN-10: 0887402402

German infantry weapons of World War II.
ISBN-10: 0882543725

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