User Manual

This manual for the Panzerfaust - 100 m was printed in November 1944 in 500 000 copies as a four-page A6 leaflet. Both the layout and the language of the manual is much simpler than for other German manuals.

The Panzerfaust - Armored fist crushing a T-34 tank

The Panzerfaust is your anti-tank gun! With it, you can knock out any tank up to a maximum range of 150 meters. However, the closer you get to him, the more certain you are to take him out. Fully read through this leaflet, and when the time comes, nothing can happen to you.

What does the Panzerfaust - 100 m look like?

Schematic of a Panzerfaust.

The head contains a hollow charge, which can penetrate any known enemy tank, even at their thickest points. The head is fired by a propellant charge that is placed in the barrel. At the front of this barrel is also a wing shaft that flies out with the warhead.

Caution! Because of the propellant charge, the barrel is always loaded, even when the head is removed. Therefore, do not press the trigger even when the head is removed, or the wing shaft will shoot out the front!

Motto: Not only the front holds a punch,
the rear can also cause a launch

When firing, there is a fire jet out the end of the barrel. Therefore, be cafeful that noone is behind you for up to 10 meters. When possible, the fire jet should also go over the edge of your foxhole, or you will scorch your clothes. If the end of the barrel is within your foxhole, a one meter distance from the trench wall is usually sufficient for your safety.

The fire jet can be lethal at a distance of up to 3 meters if it hits your comrades!

The Panzerfaust is completely safe to transport when it is carried or driven with its head point downwards.

How do you prepare the Panzerfaust

After lifting up the leaf spring, pull the head out of the barrel and set the barrel to one side. Hold the head of the Panzerfaust vertically, insert Zundlädung 34 with its paper cover at the top and the fuze with the detonatur cap at the bottom (turned towards the detonator charge).

Notice: Like with the stick hand grenade hole to hole!

Push the barrel back on until the leaf spring properly snaps back into place. Keep the head and barrel at vertical as possible. The cover at the end of the barrel remains on.

How is it fired?

First of all: Calm! You have an armored fist, Götz von Berlichingen also had one!

Loosen the pin and fold up the visor. Push forward the safety slider on the toggle (from safe to live). The Panzerfaust - 100 m is now ready to fire. If you now press on latched marked Fire with your thumb or the four fingers on your right hand (depending on the stance), and the shot goes off.

Visual description of how to aim, and an indication to watch the rear end of the barrel when firing.

Depending on the stance from which you want to fire, place the barrel on the right upper arm, below the right arm, or on the right shoulder. You can fire from practically any position (lying, kneeling, or standing). Just bear in mind: Keep the end of the barrel clear! You must also know: The Panzerfaust fires without any recoil (thus the fire jet from the rear). Practice the position beforehand, when it will be better later.

Motto: How you hold is up to thee,
The Panzerfaust is recoil free,
Just remember: Barrel end free!

And the targets?

Eye, rear sight on the visor opening of the required distance (50, 100, 150 meter), front sight of the warhead, and target must form a line (just like the read and front rights of a rifle). It is best to go for the middle of the tank (lower edge of the turret). Also note: Uphill, against the wind - hold higher; downhill, with the wind - hold lower. So that you can also shoot in poor lighting, the rear and front sights are coated in luminous paint. The better you estimate the distance, the more certain you are to hit the tank.

Motto: Simply shooting is not enough,
Also the range will play in,
If you want to hit the tank,
Don't misjudge the distancing!

Pay special attention to this:

If you don't get to fire, don't forget to secure the Panzerfaust again.

Don't touch duds! Leave them be, when possible blow them up. Dud fuzes can happen, at which time don't try to fix the Panzerfaust, which is too dangerous. Put it away, later blow it up.

A request in your own interest!

When possible, make sure to bring the spent barrel back. The home front needs it to equip you with a new Panzerfaust. There are also prizes for their return.

And now: Tank cracker salutations!


  1. Die Panzerfaust. 1944. 4 p. D 560/4.