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German WWII Nebelwerfer 41 Rocket Container

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Original Item: Original WWII German steel shipping/storage containers for the 10.5 cm Nebelwerfer rockets (container is empty, no rocket included). Steel reinforced tube construction measures 5 1/2" x 44" with sealing screw cap and carry handle.

Complete with German WWII markings. Steel tubes show storage/handling dents but are in good overall condition. The Nebelwerfer, first in 10.5 cm and later in 15 cm were best remembered as the fast firing six barreled weapons faced by the allies after the D-Day invasion, due to the dreadful scream of these volley rocket attacks, these soon became known as screaming minnes .

The 15 cm Nebelwerfer 41 (15 cm NbW 41) was a German multiple rocket launcher used in the Second World War. It served with units of the Nebeltruppen, the German equivalent of the U.S. Army's Chemical Corps. Just as the Chemical Corps had responsibility for poison gas and smoke weapons that were used instead to deliver high-explosives during the war, so did the Nebeltruppen. The name "Nebelwerfer" is best translated as "fog thrower" or "smoke thrower".

Rocket development had begun during the 1920s and reached fruition in the late Thirties. These offered the opportunity for the Nebeltruppen to deliver large quantities of poison gas or smoke simultaneously. The first weapon to be delivered to the troops was the 15 cm Nebelwerfer 41 in 1940, after the Battle of France, a purpose-designed rocket with gas, smoke and high-explosive warheads. It, like virtually all German rocket designs, was spin-stabilized to increase accuracy. One very unusual feature was that the rocket motor was in the front, the exhaust venturi being about two-thirds down the body from the nose, with the intent to optimize the blast effect of the rocket as the warhead would still be above the ground when it detonated. This proved to greatly complicate manufacture for not much extra effect and it was not copied on later rocket designs. It was fired from a six-tube launcher mounted on a towed carriage adapted from that used by the 3.7 cm PaK 36 to a range of 6,900 metres (7,500 yd). Almost five and a half million 15 cm rockets and six thousand launchers were manufactured over the course of the war.

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