Archive for the Grenades Category

Japanese Type 4 Ceramic Grenade

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on March 2, 2020 by The Dude

The late war and rather desperate innovation of the Type 4 hand grenade. These grenades were invented in late 1944 in response to Japan’s collapsing raw material supplies. The US submarine and air blockade had run the Japs out of steel at this point. The weapon is pretty simple, a ceramic or porcelain vase shape, with a crimped 5 second detonator made from a blasting cap. These were handed out to all the home defence organizations as well as to troops out in the inner chain of islands like Iwo Jima and Saipan. The style varies a lot because it was left to the individual pottery to decide.

M69 Training Grenade

Posted in Grenades with tags , , , on September 30, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThis is a metal example of an M69 Training Grenade. These are reusable simulants of the M67 Fragmentation Grenade. This has the M228 Training Igniter Fuse fitted. Usually these baseball bodies are painted blue to indicate training use. The raw state of this one makes me think it’s a factory diversion.

Nebelkerze 39 Smoke Pot

Posted in Smoke with tags , , , , on June 10, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgInteresting item of Pioneer kit. This is a Nebelkerze 39 smoke pot used by both AFV’s and Pioneers as a means of quickly laying down a smoke screen during the attack. These were setup with the BZE39 fusing (found also on the M43 & e39 hand grenades) or with a zunder as seen in the photos below.

This one is stamped kun 1941 for the manufacturer J.F. Eisfeld GmbH, Werk Cunegonde.

Transport Container for Mod 40 Rifle Grenade

Posted in Grenades, Paper with tags , , , on April 10, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis rather boring little cardboard tube is intended for the German Mod 40 Rifle Grenade (Große Gewehrpanzergranate). This tube is not marked for a manufacturer, just for the model grenade it contains. The grenade can be found here.

Transport Container for Mod 30 Rifle Grenade

Posted in Grenades, Paper with tags , , , on April 10, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the transport container for the German Mod 30 (30mm) high explosive rifle grenade (Gewehrsprenggranate). My friend James is big into ordnance and insists on talking me into buying this stuff. The type-A in me agrees but I have to say that old cardboard gets right stinky. The grenade it held is here. The container is stamped COS 44 for Merz-Werke Metallwarenfabrik in Frankfurt.

Volkshandgranate 45

Posted in Grenades with tags , , , on July 30, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis grenade, the Volkshandgranate 45 is a product from the last months of the war. The body was made out of concrete, mixed with metal fragments, formed in a paper mold. It held a 150gram nipolit charge, held under a metal cover.
The charge held a threaded metal adapter, to accept the igniter. This particular one has traces of its original green paint however it appears the metal adapter is lost to time.

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German Große Gewehrpanzergranate

Posted in Grenades with tags , , , on July 4, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the most common of the anti-tank type rifle grenades manufactured by the Germans. It’s also known as the Mod 40. Introduced in 1942 this weapon could penetrate 70mm of armour due to its shaped charge HEAT design. This particular one was manufactured in 1944 by Theodor Bergmann & Co. KG Waffen-u. Munitionsfabrik in Berlin.

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German Gewehrsprenggranate Rifle Grenade

Posted in Grenades with tags , , , on July 4, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a 1944 dated Mod 30 (30mm) high explosive rifle grenade, intended to be fired from an adapter on the K98 infantry rifle. This particular one has an AZ5071 St fuse manufactured by C & F Schlothauer GmbH in Ruhla. The code is dpu.

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Japanese Type-99 Hand Grenade

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on April 18, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgThe Type 99 Hand Grenade (九九式手榴弾 Kyūkyū-shiki Teryūdan), also known as Kiska grenade by the American Army was an improved version of the Type 97 fragmentation hand grenade used by the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy SNLF during World War II.

The Type 99 was issued as a standard rifle grenade to Japanese infantrymen in the Second Sino-Japanese War and throughout the various campaigns of World War II. The first examples to fall into the hands of Allied military intelligence were captured at the Battle of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands, which gave rise to the nickname of “Kiska grenade” by American troops.

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Japanese Type-97 Hand Grenade

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on April 18, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgThis is a Type 97 Hand Grenade. The Type 97 (九七式手榴弾 Kyūnana-shiki Teryūdan) was the standard hand grenade in the Japanese Army and Naval Landing Forces from the 1936 Sino Japanese War until the end of WW2. The low power and unreliable fusing on this grenade made it as dangerous to the user as to the target.

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Stielhandgranate M1916

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on March 15, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_German_EmpireThis is a WW1 Imperial German stick grenade called the M1916. It’s an odd design since the base of the grenade doesn’t hold a porcelain ball like the M1917 but rather has a weight that falls out when the grenade is thrown. I think this is a water recovered one with a touch up on the paint job as although the manufacturer “R.C.W.N.” marking is still visible, there is wood loss where the fuse time was stamped and all I can make out is an 8.

 

Stielhandgranate Übung

Posted in Grenades with tags , , , on March 15, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a standard German training grenade made to simulate the experience of throwing a live stick grenade. Unlike the throwing grenade, these ones were fitted with a small black powder charge and a fuse and pull cord. This one has acquired a WW1 end cap at some point in its life. The handle is marked Ub. for übung (practice) as well as 42brb indicating its manufacture in 1942 by Richard Rinker GmbH.

 

Nebeleihandgranate 42 Smoke Grenade

Posted in Smoke with tags , , , on March 15, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a Nebeleihandgranate 42, a German smoke grenade with a Zündschnuranzünder 39 igniter. The grenade was made of two parts of fairly thick gauge steel crimped together with the smoke producing substance in the lower body and the ignition compound in the upper. These could also be fired from the LP42 flare pistol. This one is ground dug but still has much of it’s original green paint job.

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Stielhandgranate Sleeve

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on March 15, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgIn the late war years German stick grenades were often fitted with an additional sleeve both to increase the concussive power of the grenade as well as additional lethality through fragmentation. These sleeves were either segmented or smooth as shown in the example below.

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Wurkörper 361 LP Pistol Grenade

Posted in Grenades with tags , , , on November 10, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgHere’s an interesting one. This is a pistol grenade designed for a 27mm type signal pistol. The end of the bakelite stick has a shotgun cartridge type primer. When the grenade was fired it would be thrown from the pistol and timed to explode about 4 seconds later. The grenade on the end is basically a type E-39.

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German M24 Blast Grenade #2

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on September 9, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my second M24 Blast Grenade. This one was manufactured in 1944.

 

German 1945 Improvised Grenade

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on August 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgOriginally these were parachute dropped “Splitterbombe SD 0,5kg”. With the fuzing replaced with a BZ-40 fuse identical to the E39, these were used as hand grenades in the closing months of WW2.

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German E39 Eihandgranate

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the E39 Egg Grenade. Manufactured right through the war but almost unknown in popular media, this grenade was typically fused to 4 seconds. The blue colour of the fuse indicates the standard 4 second fuse is fitted.

I have 3 of these and I am going to illustrate them all here. Two of them are the later ringed version, designed to be hung off webbing or belts. The other is the earlier non-ringed kind. One of my E39’s is in pretty bad condition as it’s a rough ground dug example but I keep it because it has character.

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German M24 Blast Grenade

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the classic German stick grenade you have seen countless times on TV. This one is marked as manufactured in 1943. The ball in the base is the priming cord.

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German M43 Concussion Grenade

Posted in Grenades with tags , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is the M43, the simplified version of the classic German stick grenade. The fusing is moved from the base of the stick to the top of the charge container, using the same fusing as the E39 Egg Grenade. This one has a fragmentation sleeve fitted over the charge head in order to raise its lethality.

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German Blendkörper 2H/24 Smoke Grenade

Posted in Smoke with tags , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgInteresting bit of kit, this is a smoke grenade, made from glass with an internal and an external container. The outside container holds titanium tetrachloride. The inner container hold water combined with calcium chloride. The thinking is that the CaCl lowered the freezing point of the water allowing the grenade to function in sub-zero temperatures.

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