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M1 Bazooka rocket launcher

M1 Bazooka rocket launcher

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Image : Lance-roquettes M1 "Bazooka"

M1 Bazooka rocket launcher history

Although after the First World War the US Army had a large number of powerful anti-tank guns, it did not yet have a portable anti-tank weapon on its back.
Research is being carried out under the command of Colonel Leslie Skinner to find a solution to this lack of the US military park, and the first prototypes are made from a 60-millimeter mortar tube.

At the beginning of 1942, the definitive model was found, and in May of the same year 5,000 copies were already manufactured.

His nickname, Bazooka, comes from the name of the instrument (a trombone) of Bob Burns, an American musician, who himself had modified the shape of his trombone. This instrument had a silhouette similar to the American rocket launcher.

M1 Bazooka rocket launcher specification

Creator/User: United States of America
Denomination: M1 Rocket Launcher

Fire mode: single shot
Caliber: 60 mm
Maximum firing range: 200 m
Rate of fire: 2 rockets/min

Weight: 5,8 kg
Length: 1390 mm

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