Panzerschreck - literally "tank fright", "tank's fright" or "tank's bane" - was the popular name for the Raketenpanzerbüchse (abbreviated to RPzB), an 88 mm calibre reusable anti-tank rocket launcher developed by Germany in World War II. Another popular nickname was Ofenroh - "stove pipe". The Panzerschreck was designed as a lightweight infantry anti-tank weapon. The weapon was shoulder-launched and fired a fin-stabilized rocket with a shaped-charge warhead. It was made in smaller numbers than the Panzerfaust, which was a disposable recoilless gun firing an anti-tank warhead. It was an enlarged copy of the American bazooka.

Service history

In service: 1943–1945

Production history

Number built: 289,151
Variants: RPzB 43, RPzB 54, RPzB 54/1


Weight: 11 kilograms (24 lb) empty (RPzB 54)
Length: 164 centimetres (65 in)
Caliber: 88 mm
Muzzle velocity: 110m/s (360 ft/s, 246 mph)
Effective firing range: 150 m (RPzB 54)