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Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade
Type Anti-tank grenade
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1938-
Used by Soviet Union and Warsaw pact countries
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer M. I. Puzirev[1]
Designed 1938[1]
Weight 1.200 kg[1]
Length 20 cm

Filling TNT
Filling weight 0.760 kg[1]

The RPG-40 was an anti-tank hand grenade developed by the Soviet Union in 1940.[1]


Upon contact, 760 grams of explosives contained within it were detonated and produced a blast effect. This enabled about 20 mm of armour to be penetrated and caused secondary damage, such as spalling, on contact with thicker armour.[1] This made the grenade very effective against earlier German tanks, but ineffective against later models, such as the Panzer IV and the Panzer V, leading to the RPG-43 replacing it in 1943.


  •  Soviet Union[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Оружие Победы / колл. авт., отв. ред. В. Н. Новиков. 2-е изд., пер. и доп. М., "Машиностроение", 1987. стр.397

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