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In early 1943 the Germans captured their first
US Bazookas in Tunisia and quickly rushed them back to Germany for
investigation and testing. They liked what they saw and immediately started work on their own version.
It was decided to make the calibre 8.8cm rather
than the 6cm of the Bazooka, which made both the projectile and the
weapon heavier than the Bazooka, but gave it more punch.