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"German Rocket Ammunition" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on German rocket ammunition in WWII was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 43, January 27, 1944.

[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.]


In recent tests of German rocket ammunition which have come into the possession of Allied forces, maximum ranges realized showed considerable increases over the figures published in German documents. Not enough rounds were fired to provide reliable indications as to accuracy but it is obvious that the ammunition is well-designed and well-made.

A comparison of ranges as given in German documents and as realized in the tests is as follows:

       Max. Range from Documents      Max. Range from Tests
15-cm HE bomb (Nebelwerfer) 41 6,671 yds 7,885 yds
21-cm HE bomb (Nebelwerfer) 42 No range known 9,950 yds
28-cm HE bomb (schweres Wurfgerät) 2,090 yds 2,440 yds
32-cm Incendiary bomb (schweres Wurfgerät) 2,180 yds 2,430 yds


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