The recoilless German Panzerfaust ("Armor Fist") anti-tank launcher appears in Sniper Elite V2, Zombie-Army Trilogy, and Sniper Elite 4. Players cannot unlock it as a starting weapon, and it only appears in a few levels; for example, Panzerfauste spawn in ZAT's Village of the Dead, Cathedral of Resurrection, & Labyrinth of Death (in Episode 1), ZAT's City of Ashes (in Episode 3), & in Sniper Elite 4's Lorino Dockyard.
The Panzerfaust's projectile inflicts massive damage and splash damage (capable of easily destroying tanks & large groups of enemies), though the weapon suffers from a slow reload-speed. Also, ammo for the Panzerfaust proves rare. Like grenades, the Panzerfaust's projectile explodes in flight if shot, and shots can cause the Panzerfaust's explosive to detonate in the player's hands before it's fired.
The Panzerfaust is interesting because it was fired in an arc (like a mortar) rather than a flat plane (like the bazooka) because it was launched by a small propellant charge rather than a rocket motor.
- Developed during 1942, the Panzerfaust became the first disposable anti-tank weapon.
- In April 1944 (during the Continuation War), Nazi Germany sold thousands of Panzerfauste to Finland for use against American & Soviet tanks.
- In WWII, American soldiers used captured Panzerfauste in the later stages of the French Campaign & during the Ardennes Offensive, since German Panzerfauste proved superior to American Bazookas.
- Similarly, Soviet Russian soldiers used captured Nazi German Panzerfauste in 1945 street-fighting, after Soviet Marshall Georgy Zhukov wrote a directive encouraging their use.
- Although the real life Panzerfaust is a disposable, single-shot anti-tank weapon, the Panzerfaust in the games can be reloaded like an RPG for some strange reason.
Wikipedia offers an informative page on the German Panzerfaust launcher.