documented post war army using the Panzerschreck
This use is thoroughly described on the page about Foreign use
But the Panzerschreck was also used as a
film-prop and appears in several movies. And not only war-movies.
pictures are taken from the 1970’s film “Help”, featuring the Beatles.
The Panzerschreck is
clearly repainted a dark army green and it is used to fire a
pyrotechnical device that gives a puff of smoke. Film is
available on Youtube,
but is NOT worth seeing.
The Tank Brigade, a Czechoslovak
movie from 1955. Note the back-to-front shield with the fingerguard installed.
used in "The Tank Brigade" was reported as "all original".
A scene from “Saving Private Ryan”. All original Panzerschreck, but most probably
repainted. Note that the shield has come loose and is twisted.
that show the Panzerschreck
are “Commando” and "The Last Escape”.
version of the Panzerschreck
can be found among the examples that made it to the UK, and eventually
among those sold out of the UK
after that. It is the strange Coneschreck
(AKA Python Schreck). The Coneschreck is a standard Panzerschreck with SA markings
that has been heavily modified. The front sight and the front part of
the trigger guard have been removed and a cone has been welded to the
front end of the launcher tube.
concludes that this model is unknown in Finland and in the USA.
If we look at the Coneschreck
from a practical point of view it will fall short on all the
actually tried to fit a cone to the front end of the tube, but the
conclusion from the test report was that it didn’t help to disperse the
back blast from the rocket, but added to the recoil. So the
idea was dropped...
of the finger guard will help very little on the total weight, but will
make the firing system more prone to be damaged and the weapon harder
front sight will make the weapon impossible to use, as there is no way
to aim it.
these are all film props and the modifications have been done in order
to make the weapon look like the US Superbazooka,
which sport the same features. What is bloody strange is the fact that
so far at least 5 examples are known to exist. (How many Superbazookas does one film
used in Television.
This is a scene from Monthy
“Secret Service dentist”. Available on Youtube, and well worth
watching. The Coneschreck
have all the listed features. Note the SA stamp on the launch tube over
trigger. The shield has been mounted in a way that makes it impossible
to aim through the window. But that doesn’t really matter, since the
front sight is missing, and sighting would be impossible
anyway. The reason it was mounted like this is most probably
because it distributes the weight better this way, it doesn't hide
Terry Jones that much and it will also look better on film (more
conclusion in regards to the Coneschreck
is that it most probably is a UK
rebuilt film-prop, made to be used as a Superbazooka.
In what numbers (and for which film) is unclear. Thanks to John in the
UK and Jarrko in Finland for help with the field research.
The Interarms link
The complete Finish stock was bought by
International Armament Corporation (also known as Interarms or
was imported into the USA
in the early 1960’s. A part of the export apparently
ended up in their warehouse in Manchester, England. The
fate of the ammunition is unknown today, but it was most probably
destroyed in Finland. This
export/import of the Panzerschrecks has turned the market upside-down.
today close to impossible to find a Panzerschreck in good condition in
while they are in plenty in the USA. Almost
without exception they will still carry the property markings of the
Suomen Armeijan, with the letters SA inside a square painted on both
and shield. Interarms imported the Panzerschrecks to the US, but they
were distributed and sold by a number of merchants and companies all
over the USA.
ad above was featured in "Guns" March 1962. The price was a staggering
$ 18.88,- with another $ 5,- for a "handselected model with
in California placed this ad in "Guns" in May 1962. Although they
raised the price to $ 19.95,- their Panzerschreck included the shield.
"Make terrific souvenir for club or den".
June 1962 Service armament co raised the stakes even further for the
best deal ever. For $ 19.95 you got the weapon with shield and manual
(they forgot to inform the potential buyer that the manual was in
Finish though). Their "punchline" was also the best: "Obliterate MICE
it shows up
The Panzerschreck is now also a
video-game star. Some games keep the true functionality of the weapon,
while other games give it super-powers. It can be tried and
fired in most versions of “Call of duty” and “Medal of honour”. Note
the relatively correct grenades in the lower right corner as indicators
of remaining ammunition available.
Even the Lego
builders have their version of the Panzerschreck
and the 3-rocket pack board frame.
post-war “user-group” is the re-enactors. Some use ex-Finnish original Panzerschrecks, and some use
modern made copies. The original Panzerschrecks
has been rigged with quick attachment wiring systems etc. to enable
Pyrotechnics to be used as realistic as possible when live performances
are being conducted.
used for reenactment
replicas are not a pretty sight (most of the time). The one above being
one of the better ones. It has re-used an original shield, while the
rest is scrap-metal, put together.
that it even is a market for these things.
A recent copy, complete with shield and rocket,
for sale on Ebay