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    No sweat, others to follow. Did you have a similar for Pzf 60m? Or the universal Pzf 30m and 60m leaflets? Also a pictorial of the pristine Pzf 100m waits in the wings, but if you had this too...

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    No sadly just the one....
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    Wow - that is a rough end to those - I am not sure I quite understand - did you find those, get caught with them, and had to surrender them to be destroyed with plastic explosive?

    They look brand new, where were they found, details, I love this kind of thing.
    I am sure it was no fun getting raided, but, in this case, I do understand their concern, lol.

    The manual looks great - thanks for posting!


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    So here goes the Pzf 30 & 60 manual. If anybody finds it boring, please pass and bear with me - goodies to follow.

    Edit: I don't know why but the pictures of the manual, although loaded along their numbers, are shown in reverse order. So please start at the bottom and work your way to the top. Enjoy.
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    Oh, c'mon pitfighter don't pull my chain - you really don't recognize the Signal Corps negatives signature in the lower corner? This is a 1945 US Army photo made during demolition of the captured Pzf. I wish mine were as nice! Another photo from the same story please find attached below: US GIs uncluttering German forrest...

    The largest stash I have ever seen was much smaller - just 3 crates, 12 Pzf 100s in total. We took the best two there were (like 80% paint) and buried the rest for later reference . We have immediately took out all fuzes and detonators, then burned out the main charge - which unfortunately took care of the warhead paint and decals, but what could we do? It was fall of 1984 on the Baltic coast, in a Communist (at least nominally) country, and current GWT hysteria doesn't hold a candle to the fear Commies were living in of being overthrown by armed bands of counter-revolutionaries. Any minute spent near these several kilos of PETN-laced hexogene was a grave danger, so we had no qualms about the paint. I was a bit not prudent enough about whom to brag about my find (the best Pzf of all four I had) and as a result, the mentioned close encounter precipitated. We were both minors at that time, so it ultimately set down somehow (my father being a full-bird colonel in the army at that time didn't hurt much, I guess, as well as disclosing the whereabouts of the stash) but I lost it all - what the police didn't take, I was made to dispose of, and for many years thereafter anything military I brought home earned me dirty looks from both parents
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    Great story - must have been exciting at the time - the kind of experience more fun to look back on, lol.

    Sorry, I didn't look closely enough at the B&W pic - I did think the charges being used were quite old, but I didn't want to offend you, lol.

    Thanks for posting the manual.


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    The Russians too were making a quick work of the captured Pzf. But sometimes they used them with success: this guy below is "gvardii starshyi serzhant Ivan Amelin" (Guards senior NCO, like 1st Sergeant) who dispatched a StuG assaulting his unit during night time on March 18, 1945, as we can read in his award papers. He was in Nicklasdorf, Silesia, with 15th Guards Rifle Division of the 1st Ukrainian Front. Seems that he was in for a quick on-the-job training: the award citation relates that he hit the enemy SP gun with a third shot from the captured grenade launcher. Lucky guy, there seems to were no infantry to escort the SP. His German counterparts would probably never have survived missing with a Panzefaust twice in a row...
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    And that photo shows why - you'd never be able to overlook such a double flash-bang at night. Amelin was indeed lucky...
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    Now, R U ready 4 more pictures? Let's start with another manual, this time a Pzf 60m, and this was nicked from internet - as opposed to the other two manuals, which I own.
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    Fighting in a besieged city sometimes gives another meanings to well worn phrases like "taking one's work home" - especially if you're a defender of Budapest in early 1945... The lady in the ocelot fur doesn't seem overly thrilled

    This a VERY well known photo, but we have it here as a reference for two reasons - first of all it shows the difference between the Pzf 60m and 100m - if you compare the tube muzzle area with the preceding award-flashing Soviet, you can see a different warhead retainer. Whereas the Pzf 100m had a longitudinal strip of sheet metal with a hole to be impaled on a retaining stud of the projectile stem, the Pzf 60m has a perpendicular "collar"-like retainer. Other than that the position of the propelling charge retaining screw is different - and of course the instruction decal is different. BUT - contrary to what everybody knows, not every Pzf warhead carried an instructional decal, as we are to prove promptly. Anyway this Pzf has a Dunkelgelb sprayed tube, stem with goblet, trigger/sight mechanism as well as warhead, but these were all separate parts, delivered to one of the three assembly plants, and there assembled in whatever combination came handy. We'll see photos, both period and contemporary, of different colored Pzfs, and lacking decals. This one seems to be complete, with all big decals on the tube and warhead.
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