Panzerfaust manuals in English (?)

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Panzerfaust manuals in English (?)

Post by Viktor.S » 18 May 2020 14:42

Hello everyone,

I would like to learn more about how these weapons worked, but I can't read German so the original German manuals are off-limits to me. I have heard that the western Allies made some use of captured Panzerfausts in the later years of the war, so does anyone know if there are English-language manuals for these weapons available?

Thanks.

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Re: Panzerfaust manuals in English (?)

Post by FiveStars » 19 May 2020 09:05

There are, if you are willing to pay up https://www.ebay.com/itm/German-WW2-Pan ... 2903958004.

Generally speaking, panzerfaust use during ww2 by countries other than germany had its own quirks, and was not always official. For example the Finnish and Hungarian armies had manuals on their use, while Soviet units were officially recommended by a directive. From the looks of it, they did not produce overly complicated manuals, and only had basic instructional documents such as seen here below. That being said, the Soviets utilized them generously, owing due to it's effectiveness in clearing houses and due to a lack of a better alternative in the soviet stocks.

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Use of captured panzerfausts by the western allies was more complicated, and usually was done on an adhoc basis without any official regulation. Usually the use of these weapons came from combat experience where allied soldiers became accustomed first hand to their effectiveness (in contrast to their own antitank weapons) and repurposed captured stocks for their own use as a supplement for their own arsenal due to a variety of factors such as availability (sometimes in lieu of their own stocks), effectiveness, and lack of a better alternative weapon.

I hope this helped clear up some confusion. Kind regards

-Max
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Re: Panzerfaust manuals in English (?)

Post by Viktor.S » 19 May 2020 10:02

FiveStars wrote:
19 May 2020 09:05
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Thank you for the information, Max. I remember reading online that Finland was supplied with Panzerfaust manuals that included diagrams showing where to aim the weapon on different Soviet tanks for maximum effect, so I thought perhaps something similar might have been produced by the western Allies for their troops.

Thank you for the manual link. I was hoping there might be something freely available in public domain, given how long it's been and the obsolescence of these weapons, but I might pick that one up if nothing else shows up...

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Re: Panzerfaust manuals in English (?)

Post by covenanter » 07 Jan 2021 10:55

here is a link for an old panzerfaust and german weapons in english

https://www.oocities.org/augusta/8172/panzerfaust.htm

I hope it could help you I will check my library to see if I could find
a manual

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Re: Panzerfaust manuals in English (?)

Post by covenanter » 14 Jan 2021 21:31

here is panzerfaust info taken from

WWII "Tactical and Technical Trends" Series the US intelligence bulletin

https://www.lonesentry.com/articles/ttt ... faust.html

taken from an useful site Lone Sentry

https://www.lonesentry.com

searching for panzerfaust on the site you could find a lot of useful infos.

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Re: Panzerfaust manuals in English (?)

Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 15 Jan 2021 23:54

Viktor.S wrote:
18 May 2020 14:42
Hello everyone,

I would like to learn more about how these weapons worked, but I can't read German so the original German manuals are off-limits to me. I have heard that the western Allies made some use of captured Panzerfausts in the later years of the war, so does anyone know if there are English-language manuals for these weapons available?

Thanks.
I translated the Panzerfaust manual I own. I hope this helps:
https://panzerworld.com/panzerfaust

Translating the rhyming mottos to maintain their meaning while still making them rhyme was a real pain, but I think I got away with it. The originals are:

Nicht nur nach vorne geht sie los,
Nach hinten gibts 'nen Feuerstoß.

Wie Du sie hältst, ist einerlei,
Die Panzerfaust schießt rückstoßfrei,
Doch merke stets: Rohrende frei!

Nicht das Schießen tut's alleine,
Auch Entfernung spricht für sich,
Willst Du Panzer treffen,
So verschätz' Dich nicht!

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Re: Panzerfaust manuals in English (?)

Post by covenanter » 20 Jan 2021 05:03

here are infos on the use of panzerfaust by soviet 4th Guards Tank Division in 1945.

https://awareness2367.rssing.com/chan-5 ... -live.html

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