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"German 150-mm Rocket Considered Ineffective by British" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following intelligence report on the effectiveness of the German Nebelwerfer is taken from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 27, June 17, 1943.

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From a recent British source comes the following information under the heading "Epitaph to a Secret Weapon."

The British Eighth Army has described the 150-mm smoke mortar (Nebelwerfer 41*), in official reports, as being "in effect noisy but negligible." In recent operations the Eighth Army has encountered HE fire from this weapon and the reporting officers have described it as:
       (1) Not effective in blast;
       (2) Not effective in fragmentation;
       (3) Quite effective in noise.

[Nebelwerfer 41]

One of the reports states that no effect was felt at a distance of 60 yards from the burst. No reports of the ammunition, other than HE, used in this weapon have been received. The Schwere Wurfgerät, having a higher charge/weight ratio, should prove more effective. The latter is a heavy, rocket-bomb thrower (see Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 8, p. 28) projecting a 181-pound HE bomb.

*While referred to by the Germans as a "smoke mortar," this weapon is actually the six-barreled rocket projector--see Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 10, p. 23 and No. 17, p. 39.


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