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21 cm Nebelwerfer 42

Rocket Artillery

21 cm Nebelwerfer 42

Service Data:

In Service: 1942 to 1945

Production Data:

Manufacturer: Rheinmetall-Borsig
Number built: 1,587

Technical Data:

Type: Nebelwerfer

Calibre: 21 cm
Length: 1.3 m
Weight: 605 kg
Breech: electrically fired
Carriage: split trail
Elevation: -5° to +45°
Traverse: 24
Rate of fire: rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 320 m/s
Effective range: 7,850 m
Shell Weight: 112.6 kg
Used by: Heer, Luftwaffe
21 cm Nebelwerfer 42
21 cm Werfergranate 42

Other: Rocket Artillery


The 21 cm Nebelwerfer 42 (21 cm Nb.Wf 42) was a five barreled multiple rocket launcher mounted on a two wheeled carriage. And fired a 21 cm Wurfgranate 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. The 21 cm Nebelwerfer 42 was also adapted for Luftwaffe use early in 1943 and was known as 21 cm Werfergranate 42 or Bordrakete 42


21 cm Nebelwerfer 42 picture 2
21 cm Nebelwerfer 42 picture 3
21 cm Werfergranate 42 Air-to-Air Missiles picture 3
21 cm Werfergranate 42 Air-to-Air Missiles  Bf 109 picture 4

Heer Comments


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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