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Object Name Bazooka
Catalog Number 1995.33.01
Date 1953
Material(s) Aluminum/Wood/Steel
Dimensions H-15.5 W-60.5 D-7 inches
Description This M20 A1 B1 3.5" (90mm) "Super Bazooka" Rocket Launcher is olive drab painted aluminum with an optical sight. The barrel twists apart into two pieces and lock together for storage and transport. There is also a metal shield.
Notes The M20, a larger version of the original M9 rocket launcher, was developed at the end of WWII. Those that entered service during the Korea War (1950-53) were extremely effective against North Korean armor, capable of penetrating 10 centimeters of armor with HEAT rockets at ranges up to 150 meters. It was operated by a two-man team and had a rate of fire of six shots per minute. When carried, the tube was folded in half for easier handling. In action a rocket was loaded into the open breech and two wires were attached to electrical terminals. When the trigger was pulled, a small electrical current ignited the rocket motor and propelled the rocket forward, leaving a large and dangerous back-blast area to the rear of the launcher.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Event Korean War/Vietnam War
Subjects Weapons
Arms & armament
Rocket launchers
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS