|7.3 cm Propagandawerfer 41|
|Place of origin||Nazi Germany|
|Used by||Nazi Germany|
|Wars||World War II|
|Weight||12.26 kg (27 lb)|
|Barrel length||.75 m (2 ft 6 in)|
|Width||.5 m (1 ft 8 in)|
|Shell||.4 m (1 ft 4 in)|
|Shell weight||3.24 kg (7 lb 2 oz)|
|Caliber||72.4 mm (2.85 in)|
|Muzzle velocity||250 m/s (820 ft/s)|
|Effective range||3.4 km (2 mi)|
|Filling weight||.23 kg (8 oz)|
The Propagandawerfer 41 was a rocket launcher for the associated non-lethal Propagandagrante 41 rocket. The launcher and rocket were a light man-portable system fired by specially-trained propaganda troops during World War II to distribute leaflets.
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Launcher[edit | edit source]
The Propagandawerfer 41 consisted of a light 12.26 kg (27 lb) steel tube framework. The base of the launcher was triangular in shape and had a crossbar through the center with a hinge that connected the base to a circular launch cage. At the tip of the base there was an adjustable arm for elevating the launch cage and in the center of the launch cage was a trough which the Propagandagranate 41 rocket was launched from. The rocket rested at the top of the cage until the crew pulled a lanyard, the rocket then slid down until it hit a firing pin which launched the rocket.
Rocket[edit | edit source]
The Propagandagrante 41 was constructed of a plastic nose cone which held 200 leaflets weighing .23 kg (8 oz) that were rolled around a coiled spring and a metallic base which held the solid rocket. When the rocket was fired propellant gasses were forced through a steel base plate that had angled venturis drilled in it to impart spin. A delay fuse was also ignited and a bursting charge separated the nose cone from the base at an altitude of 100–150 m (330–490 ft), the spring then uncoiled to scatter the leaflets.
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