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"German 37-mm Stick Bomb" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following U.S. report on German hollow-charge 37-mm antitank ammunition originally appeared in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 19, February 25, 1943.

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This so-called stick bomb was recently developed for the German 37-mm antitank gun. It has a rod which fits into the bore of the gun, and a concentric perforated sleeve which fits over the barrel. The standard 37-mm shell case and primer are used. The propellant charge consists of 216 grams of nitroglycerine tubular propellant. The projectile, has a rounded nose cap and a nose fuze internally identical with that of the German HE rifle grenade. It is presumably a hollow-charge projectile, probably intended to give this gun better armor-piercing performance. The projectile perhaps takes the form of a bomb or grenade, because a hollow-charge shell of a caliber as low as 37-mm would not be effective. The bomb is likely to be effective at short ranges only.

The dimensions of the bomb

Over-all length    695 mm (27.36 in)
Length of bomb275 mm (10.83 in)
Length of rod420 mm (16.54 in)
Length of sleeve115 mm ( 4.53 in)
Diameter of bomb145 mm ( 5.71 in)
Diameter of rod 36 mm ( 1.42 in)
Diameter of sleeve 50 mm ( 1.97 in)


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