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"German Hollow Demolition Charge" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following U.S. military report describing the German hollow-charge demolition device was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 18, Feb. 11, 1943.

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Specimens of a new type of demolition charge (see accompanying sketch) have been captured in the Middle East. It is designed to perforate steel cupolas in fortifications. While generally similar to the "bell" demolition charge described in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 3, p. 22, an important difference is that this charge has three folding legs; these are provided to support the charge at a certain distance from the armor to be perforated. The weight of the charge is approximately 30 pounds.

It does not appear that these charges are normally carried by divisional engineers; they are probably held in reserve and issued for special tasks.

[German Hollow Demolition Charge]
German Hollow Demolition Charge


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