During W.W.II the Germans were faced with an ever increasing armor threat, especially on the Russian Front against the T-34 tank. The German 3.7cm PAK (Panzerabwehrkanone) 36 anti-tank gun was in wide spread use but pretty much ineffectual against tanks in general by 1941.While newer and more effective anti-tank guns were in production, distribution was another matter. Nor could they afford to just abandon the many PAK 36's in the field. Besides, it was still an effective light field gun. It is far easier to upgrade ammunition than the field piece and so was born the last (?) "rod grenade"...the 3.7cm Stielgranate 41 (a.k.a. 3.7cm Aufsteck Geschoss - "Attached Projectile").
This is a finned bomb with a massive hollow charge warhead.
(I wonder it the cannon suffered he same negative side effects as rifles used for launching rod grenades during World War I ? If so this would be a "last ditch" weapon of choice.
Interesting that it used both point detonating and base detonating fuzes. A rather unique fuze combination for a hollow charge munition.
AZ 5075 - Aufschlagzünder 5075
AZ 5095 - Aufschlagzünder 5095
Bd Z 5130 - Bodenzünder 5130
Total length: 740mm,
Here is the PAK 36 with the Stielgranate 41 attached. Note the 37mm round in the grass at the lower right.
It may be a standard H.E. round or possibly the special blank launching cartridge?
German PAK 36 compared to the U.S. M3