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RPG-43 Grenade

Country of OriginRussia
TypeGrenade
Diameter95.000 mm
Weight1.247 kg
Explosive Charge0.61kg TNT

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ww2dbaseThe RPG-43 grenades, named "ruchnaya protivotankovaya granata obraztca 1943 goda" in Russian or "hand-held anti-tank grenade model 1943" in English, were designed by N. P. Belyakov starting in 1942 in response to the thicker armor plating of German Panther and Tiger tanks. When one of these grenades was thrown, a cylindrical metal cone was released from the rear of the grenade and held by fabric strips to stabilize flight, thus increasing the likelihood of a 90-degree hit against the intended target, upon which time the 610 grams of shaped charge would theoretically penetrate about 75 millimeters of rolled homogeneous armor. They entered service in Apr 1943 and they were supplied in large quantities for the remainder of the war, thus providing Soviet forces an inexpensive weapon against German tanks. One shortcoming reported by front line soldiers was that the impact must be forceful enough to trigger the inertial impact fuses, otherwise these weapons would fail to detonate. After WW2, large quantities were given to forces friendly to the Soviet Union. As a result, RPG-43 grenades were used against Israeli forces during the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and against American tanks during the Korean War.

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Last Major Revision: Jul 2021

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Private First Class Julias Van Den Stock of Company A, 32nd Regimental Combat Team, US 7th Infantry Division with M1 or M2 Carbine with captured Communist Chinese DP light machine gun and RPG-43 grenade on Hill 902, near Ip-Tong, Korea, 25 Apr 1951




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Private First Class Julias Van Den Stock of Company A, 32nd Regimental Combat Team, US 7th Infantry Division with M1 or M2 Carbine with captured Communist Chinese DP light machine gun and RPG-43 grenade on Hill 902, near Ip-Tong, Korea, 25 Apr 1951


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