Nebelwerfer 42 destroys a village near Stalingrad (+9 Photos in color)
These incredible color photos show the work of the Nebelwerfer 42 rocket launcher in the Kalmyk steppe near Stalingrad during the summer German offensive of 1942. The photos were taken from the album of Ernst Frank, a soldier of the propaganda company of the 6th German army, who died in Stalingrad.
The Nebelwerfer 42 is a German multiple launch rocket system from World War II. Together with the Soviet Katyushas, the Nebelwerfer was the first massively used multiple launch rocket system.
“Nebelwerfer” appeared in the early 1930s and was initially focused on the use of only chemical weapons: throwing smoke and chemical projectiles (as originally planned to use the Soviet “Katyusha”). However, it was actually used for firing high-explosive fragmentation projectiles.
Color photo chronicle of the destruction of the village
To be honest, these incredible photos caused a storm of emotions in our editorial office, we are one of the first to publish them for general access.
What the soldiers said about the Nebelwerfer
“When I examined the place of the fall of an unusual projectile through binoculars, I realized that ‘squeakers’ (from Russian “скрипуха”, skripukha) were shooting at the area of our settlement – this is how German rockets of high explosive action were called here. The short range of these projectiles was well known, and therefore everyone was quietly observing the battlefield. Soon it was possible to detect by smoke and dust the place from which the “squeakers” began shooting. “
– Voronov “Memoirs”
“At this time, behind the copse, a volley of a German six-barreled mortar “squeaker”, as the soldiers aptly christened this weapon, crashed.”
– Zamulin “Kursk break”
“Suddenly, some kind of ‘siren’ howled and this incredibly terrible howl began to tear my whole heart… One of the projectiles did not explode and lay in the middle of the street like a good pig. It was “Vanyusha”, a German six-barreled mortar, which fired one volley. The “Chekurdintsy” (this is most likely what the soldier named a military unit after their commander) opened fire and the “Vanyusha” stalled. “
– Ermak “My way”