This is a shoulder
with a long smoothbore tube
that fired armor-piercing rocket
s at short range
, used first by American
forces during World War II
. The bazooka weighed in at around 16 pounds
s), and measured 61 inch
es (1.5 meter
s) fully assembled
. The weapon was named for a crude pipe instrument
called by the same name (probably
) invented by American comedian
Bob Burns (1896-1956).
A competent two-soldier team could fire ten rockets per minute with this weapon. The bazooka was only marginally effective against German tanks, the soldier having to hit the tank on its flanks to have any demonstrable effect. Soldiers had more success using this weapon against light bunkers, machine gun emplacements, and light vehicles.