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HHL-3 AT Grenade
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A member of the Royal Engineers holding an HHL-3

Users

Germany

Entry into Service

1942

Filling

1.5 kg HE

Armor Penetration

110mm

The HHL-3 or Hafthohlladung was an anti-tank grenade that was used by Germany during the Second World War.

Description

The grenade utilizes magnets in order to stick onto enemy tanks and it weighed three kilograms total. The Hafthohlladung could penetrate up to 110 millimetres of tank armor and it contained 1.5 kilograms of explosive within itself.[1]

The shape of the first version was very similar to an upside-down funnel and the fuse length of the grenade was about 4.5 seconds. Because of this, it was very hazardous to infantrymen who tried to attach it to tanks. The total length of the Hafthohlladung was a 11.1 kilograms while the diameter was about fifteen centimetres. All models were painted grey and to detonate the grenade, one must first remove the safety cap and then pull the friction ignitor. From there, the user must attach it to the target tank and wait for detonation.[2]

VariantsBearbeiten

The HHL-3 had only one variant that had the same desgination as the original. However, it is commonly known as the HHL-3 3.5 kilogram model for its increased weight. Another distinct feature is its bottle like shape and the HHL-3 also had increased fuze length that was now 7.5 seconds long for increased safety.

HistoryBearbeiten

The HHL-3 first entered service in 1942 and was removed from service a year later with the introduction of the safer Panzerfaust.[3] The HHL-3 was fairly effective against enemy tanks, but again was highly dangerous for troops. Because of the German belief that the Allies possessed magnetic mines in large numbers like the HHL-3 and Germany, Zimmerit was created and it was commonly used on German tanks like the Tiger or Panther. In total, about 555,000 HHL-3s were made.[4]

ReferencesBearbeiten

  1. http://www.lonesentry.com/manuals/german-grenades/hafthohlladung.html
  2. http://www.lexpev.nl/grenades/europe/germany/hafthohlladung33kilo.html
  3. http://www.lssah.com/LAH_WEAPONS.html
  4. http://www.inert-ord.net/ger03a/gerat/index.html
Vorlage:German Infantry Weapons

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