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.

 

BRITISH GRENADES

 

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Grenade 27

 

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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

 

AMERICAN GRENADES

 

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pg314

 

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Grenade 28

 

GERMAN GRENADES

 

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

 

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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.
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Original grenades in my collection. All are certified Free from Explosive (FFE).

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