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The Panzerschreck is a German anti-tank rocket launcher.
Seeing the great potential in the American Bazooka captured in North Africa, Germany decided to develop their version of the anti-tank rocket launcher. The first model was the Raketenpanzerbüchse 43 (RPzB 43), which required the user to wear a protective suit and gas mask to protect them from backblast when the weapon was fired. This was then succeeded by the more recognisable Raketenpanzerbüchse 54 (RPzB 54), which was fitted with a blastshield to remedy the problem.
The weapon was more expensive to produce than the Panzerfaust weapons, and unlike the Panzerfausts it required specific training to be used in the field, but the launching device was reusable. It could fire a fin-stabilized 88mm rocket with a HEAT warhead of 660 grams TNT over 150 meters, and was also useful against bunkers, buildings and other protected emplacements. Its reputation in combat was suiting to its popular nickname Panzerschreck, or "tank terror" in German. The effectiveness and superiority of the Panzerschreck compared with the M1A1 Bazooka finally lead to the development of an improved version of the Bazooka.
The Panzerschreck serves as the primary weapon for the German and Hungarian anti-tank class from 1944 onwards. It is also available as a pick up kit on some maps.