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58365: 1915 No. 3 Mk II Rifle Grenade

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posted on 2024-02-23, 22:59 authored by Great War Archive Project Team

This rather over complicated rifle grenade was not very reliable in the trenches. The steel rod was placed into the rifle barrel, where it was held in place by the clip. On firing (using a blank bullet), the wind vane unscrewed due to the flow of air through the vanes. As the vane unscrewed, two studs were expected to fall out and thus release the firing pin. the pin was then held back from the detonator by a spring. On impact the firing pin hit the detonator setting off the charge - as long as it hit something solid with enough force!

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Identifier

8729.cpd| 2422.jpg|GWA_0401_IMG_0379.jpg 2423.jpg|GWA_0402_IMG_0384.jpg

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Grenade, Rifle

Date

1915

Date Created

01/01/1915

Temporal Coverage

31/12/1915

Source

Photograph

Medium

Metal

Type

Other

Pages

1, 2

Number of Pages

2

Contributor

Everett Sharp | Martin Bastone

Rights

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

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