The existence of a new German rocket weapon, the Nebelwerfer 41, has
been recently reported. As is shown in the accompanying sketch, the weapon
has six barrels. Each barrel has a caliber of 150 mm and a range
of 6,600 yards.
The barrels are not rifled but have within them three straight guide rails, about
one-third of an inch deep. The projectiles rotate in flight, however, apparently
due to the set of the venturis. The barrels have no breech and are open at both
ends. Each barrel, however, contains a spring-operated latch, presumably to
retain the projectiles in position after they have been loaded.
Firing is electrical. The separate barrels fire at intervals of 1 second, and
thus the complete series of six rounds can be fired over a period
of 5 seconds. This complete series can be repeated every 90 seconds.
This rocket weapon can be used for firing either HE or gas projectiles, and
also probably smoke shells.