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"German Spike Bombs" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A report on German bombs with nose spike, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 37, November 4, 1943.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


A heavy type of nose spike for use on German bombs has been recently reported. It is thought that they are used to prevent ricochets in low level attacks. The bombs on which the nose spikes are affixed are termed Stachelbomben or "Stabo". They must be of the best quality and be specially shaped at the nose to take the spike. (See sketch next page).

The spikes used in the SC 50* and SD 70** bombs are made in one piece but those used in the larger bombs are in two pieces. Additional data pertaining to these bombs follow:

Details of Spikes
   Bombs     Total Weight     Length     Diameter     Marking on Tail  
 SC 50    136.4 lb   18.8 in   1.8 in Yellow stripe
 SD 70    158.4 lb   18.8 in   1.8 in Red stripe
 SC 250    620.4 lb   22.8 in   3   in Yellow stripe
 SC 500     24   in    

*SC designates a thin wall high-explosive bomb, achieves its effect chiefly by blast.
**SD designates a bomb which has a thick casing and achieves its effect chiefly by fragmentation.

[Two German Spike Bombs (Stachelbomben)]



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