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Schweres Wurfgerät 40
Wurfrahmen 40
Stuka zu Fuss
Heulende Kuh
Schweres Wurfgerät 40
General Historical Information
Place of origin: Germany
Category: Rocket Launcher
Used by:

Germany

Debut in FHSW: Debut in FH Mod
Passengers: 1
Calibre: 280mm
Ammunition: 28cm Wurfkörper Spr. High Explosive Rocket.
Elevation: +33° to +70°
Traverse: 360°
Mobile: Sd.Kfz. 251/1-II "Stuka zu Fuß"
Position 1: Rocket Launcher
Historical Picture
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Movie
Schwere Wurfrahmen 40 (sWuR 40)01:28

Schwere Wurfrahmen 40 (sWuR 40)


The Wurfrahmen 40 ("launch frame 40") was a German World War II multiple rocket launcher. It combined a vehicle such as the Sd.Kfz. 251/1 halftrack or captured ex-French Renault UE Chenillette with rocket artillery to form a more mobile and protected artillery piece than the towed Nebelwerfer. It was nicknamed Stuka zu Fuß ("Stuka on Foot" or "Walking Stuka") and Heulende Kuh ("Bellowing Cow"). Introduced in late 1940, the weapon system was a framework with adjustable base plates fitted over and alongside a vehicle which could hold 300 mm high explosive rockets; 280 mm HE and 320 mm incendiary rockets were also used, the rockets being fired while in their loading crates. Although spin stabilized, the rockets were not as accurate as conventional artillery and reloading took was time consuming due to the rocket's weight. Rockets were ripple-fired in large numbers where feasible to quickly saturate a target. The Wurfrahmen 40 was successful in service as a support weapon for the mobile Panzer formations, particularly in urban areas. When used on the common mounting, the SD.Kfz 251/1 halftrack, a frame with six base plates were used, with three on each side. This become the Sd.Kfz. 251/1-II "Stuka zu Fuß". The Chenillette UE employed either two per side or four frames on the rear. The Hotchkiss H35 mounting used two per side also. Some captured American M3 halftracks also mounted Wurfrahmen, with four frames at two per side. Ingame the sWuR 40 use the 28cm Wurfkörper Spr. High Explosive Rocket. They had a weight of 84.7 kg included the 45.4 kg TNT and can reach a range of 1925 metres. The Russian made their own version wich becomes the 300mm M-30 and 300mm M-31 Rockets. In Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon the Russian copy can be use on the Studebaker US6 U3 truck as the BM-31-12 "Andryusha".

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