Soviet engineers and simple citizens worked to make the heroisms of Soviet soldiers less fatal, sending their projects of simple and effective anti-tank measures.
Military Frisbee and Rocket Propelled Grenades
Engineer A. Petrov proposed increasing the range and precision of a grenade with an unusual method: by giving it the shape of a discus. He wrote that an experimental prototype proved the viability of this idea. Even regular soldiers could throw this grenade further and better. The best results were shown by a soldier who trained as a discus thrower in his civilian life.
However, while improving two facets of the grenade, Petrov forgot a third: simplicity. Officers of the GAU were more thorough. Having studied the project, the officers concluded that: "The presented idea of a discus grenade (bluprints, sketches) developed at the Stalin factory is not of interest to us. The presence of 21 screw connections (none of which should be present), felt and canvas liners, waterproof fabric (to protect from dust), wooden cork and others make the grenade very complicated and inconvenient to use."
Another unusual method of increasing the range of a throw was presented to a puzzled military committee by engineer Bogachevskiy, a worker of the NKVD Volgostroy. Practicing in the art of throwing training grenades, he noticed that the heavier head part of the grenade flies facing forward. He had the idea of pushing it in the right direction. It seems easy: pull the pin, throw the grenade, within a second or two a small jet engine turns on and gives the grenade the necessary few dozen meters of extra range.