15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 Sd.Kfz. 4/1 Werfer Brigade 7 Orne River (France) – 1944
1 MG 42 (7,92mm)
1 Nebelwerfer 42 (150mm)
Range 130 Km on road and 80Km off road.
The Panzerwerfer 42 are the union of different vehicles and weapons available since 1943. It was developed in two version, one based in the Opel Maultier and the second, lately in the war, based in the new Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper (sWS) vehicles, the substitutes for the Sd.Kfz.250 series.
Altaya’s model show the first version built over an armoured Opel Maultier, which was developed adding Carden-Lloyd English tracks to an Opel Blitz 3.6 vehicles, and also adding armour plates to cover the lorry and cabin. This kind of vehicles were developed after the Russian invasion in 1941, due the difficult manoeuvrability on this terrain and the lack of half tracked transport vehicles.
The Nebelwerfer was composed by 10 tubes with 270º range and 80º of elevation. It was capable to fire three kinds of munition, one chemical, never used in combat, the one smoke generator, the first intended role for the rockets, and the high explosive one, loaded with 2,5 Kg TNT, the most used during the war.
This munitions haves the motor at the head, escape for propulsion holes at the middle and the explosive load at the bottom.
The Panzerwerfer was only capable to transport 20 projectiles, it means, 2 rounds. One already loaded in the tubes, and the other inside the vehicle. Because this a munitions vehicle was also constructed based in the Opel Maultier armoured version, the Sd.Kfz. 4/1. Around 296 Panzerwerfer were built between April 1943 and March 1944 and 251 Munitionsfahrzeug.
This vehicles were integrated in armoured rocket batteries in the rocket regiments (Werferregiment) , which around 1944 were theoretically composed by 8 vehicles.