British, American and German Grenades of WW2

Following on from my previous blogs about markings on artillery shells, cartridge headstamps, aerial bomb fuzes and pistols……and quite a few more…..this blog is dedicated to grenades of WW2. Specifically British, American and German. Once more, I’ve collected all my ‘local’ information together and posted it on this one page, for ease of browsing!

There were far fewer types of hand grenade used during WW2 than in WW1, but even so, the variety of grenades used during the conflict is still quite broad.

The British and Americans had a similar breadth of grenade types, utilising them as not only offensive and defensive anti-personnel devices, but also for specific functions like smoke production or as anti-tank ordnance. The use of launcher devices enabled some types of hand grenade to be used as rifle grenades, with a much greater range, but while still using a standard grenade type. This meant production could concentrate on a few types, allowing for greater production volumes than if there were multiple types. However, it lead to limitations on the battlefield, with one or two grenade types being used for multiple roles, some of which they weren’t suited to or particularly effective at.

This is where the German grenade design and utilisation in combat varies considerably to the Allied designs and uses. German rifle grenades came in a multitude of different designs, all with specific functions and uses on the battlefield. This gave the German soldier a much wider range of options when faced with specific battlefield situations. The German designers also came up with anti-tank grenades that were more effective than the Allied equivalents.

I have collected together detailed information on WW2 grenades, and posted the documents here as a single page reference source. I hope you find it useful.






Grenade 27




Grenade 1


Grenade 2


Grenade 3


Grenade 4


Grenade 5


Grenade 6


Grenade 7


Grenade 8


Grenade 9


Grenade 10


Grenade 11


Grenade 12


Grenade 13


Grenade 14


Grenade 15


Grenade 16


Grenade 17


Grenade 18


Grenade 19


Grenade 20


Grenade 21


Grenade 22


Grenade 23


Grenade 24


Grenade 25


Grenade 26







































Grenade 28




German 1


German 2



German 4


German 5


German 6


German 7


German 8


German 9


German 10


German 11


German 12


German 13


German 14


German 15


German 16


German 17


German 18


German 19


German 20


German 21


German 22


German 23


German 24


German 25


German 26



German 27


Replica No 36M grenades. I cast a silicone mould from one of my original grenades, then used that mould to make plaster of paris replicas. These were then painted, original WW2 base plugs added, and the arming spoon and central column made from aluminium sheet and rod. Lastly, a split pin and ring were added.
Original grenades in my collection. All are certified Free from Explosive (FFE).

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