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German Propaganda Rocket "Pr Gs 41", "Battle of the Bulge" (Ardennes) 1944
Old 07-11-2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default German Propaganda Rocket "Pr Gs 41", "Battle of the Bulge" (Ardennes) 1944

Today I'd like to show my dug-up German Propaganda Rocket "Pr Gs 41" along with two of the original propaganda leaflets found inside.
Very few "Pr Gs 41" rockets had survived the war, misfired and buried in the ground.

The rocket shown here with the Christmas propaganda leaflets was used against the allied Americans during Christmas 1944 when they were fighting the "Battle of the Bulge" near Bastogne, Belgium.

The rocket was launched from the "Propaganda Werfer 41".
It is propelled by a rocket motor and travels at a speed of 250 meters per second.
The Propaganda Rocket contained 200 propaganda leaflets and had a range of 3.400 meters.
It exploded 100 - 150 meters above the ground.

The rocket body is about 16 inchens in length with a max. external diameter of 2.9 inches and a weight of less than 7 lbs.


The rocket had an advantage over propaganda artillery shells because it could be loaded with the latest news right at the front.
It was also light and mobile enough to be fired from just about everywhere regardless of the terrain and did not require the use of an Artillery unit.
The disadvantage was that it left a trail of smoke that pointed to where the rocket was fired from.
That meant that the people firing that rocket had approx. 2 minutes to pack up and leave the site before the Allies counter-battery fire would be encountered.

The rocket was used by the Germans from 1941 until the end of the war.

Regards, Matthias

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Old 07-11-2019, 03:13 PM   #2
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:16 PM   #4
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:19 PM   #6
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:03 PM   #7
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Awesome find!!!!

It’s in excellent condition.





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Nice example, congratulations!


The fact that it came from the Battle of the Bulge makes it even cooler.
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:36 PM   #9
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Thanks for the photos, about the kopf
I have this type, found in Hungary, but I haven't got the bakelite kopf.
For the presentation we restored it from wood
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