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SS-Panzergrenadiers of the 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division, disembark from trucks to go and defend the city of Pyritz, Pomerania, Germany, February 11th, 1945. They are armed with Panzerschreks, grenades, sub machine guns, and rifles. They're probably on their way to go intercept advancing Soviet armor based on the lack of small arms and the abundance of Panzerschrecks. I doubt many survived February 11th but, that's speculation so take it with a grain of salt. The Panzerschrek was another one of Germany's very successful and effective anti-tank weapons. Essentially just a larger and simplified American Bazooka, the Panzershreck was one of the most feared weapons on the battlefield by both infantry and tankers. In 1942 the Germans captured M1 Bazookas in North Africa and made their own larger version. The Panzershreck had a crew of 2-3 and served on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. A typical Panzershreck team carried 5 rounds or more, more than enough to knock out multiple tanks. The Panzerschrek had a maximum range of around 400 or so meters and was loved by its users despite large amounts of black blast, large amount of smoke, and its large size. The Panzerschreck produced so much smoke that it immediately gave away the team's position forcing them to relocate. In enclosed spaces, it could even kill the team by filling the area up with the toxic smoke. For this reason, it was nicknamed the "Stove Pipe." Did you know that during the Battle of Normandy, paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne would ditch their M1 Bazookas for the Panzershreck which had much more of a punch. Three variants were manufactured and in total, around 290,000 Panzerschreks were produced by the war's end. By 1945 children were even being sent out with these beasts, as they struggled with the large weapon they were cut down. Like the Panzerfaust, this was a very potent and feared weapon that changed armored warfare forever.
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