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German Infantry Weapons
Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 14, May 25, 1943
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For special demolition, antitank, and antipillbox work, the heads of six model 24 or model PH 39 stick grenades can be removed from their handles and fastened securely around a seventh stick grenade from which the handle is not removed (see figs. 29 and 30). The whole can then be used as a convenient concentrated charge (geballte Ladung) for the above purposes.

[Figure 29. Concentrated charge (geballte Ladung) made from several stick grenades. (This charge is used for demolition purposes.)]
Figure 29.—Concentrated charge (geballte Ladung) made from several stick grenades. (This charge is used for demolition purposes.)

[Figure 30.  (1) Stick grenade antipersonnel mine.  (2) Stick grenade cluster mine.  (3) Cross section of pressure igniter 35.]
Figure 30.—(1) Stick grenade antipersonnel mine. (This mine is improvised from the head of a stick grenade and pressure igniter 35 (Druckzünder 35, D.Z. 35), which is screwed into the head of the grenade.) (2) Stick grenade cluster mine. (This mine is a variation of mine (1).) (3) Cross section of pressure igniter 35 (Druckzünder 35, D.Z. 35).

Bangalore torpedoes for blowing paths through barbed wire can also be made by binding the desired number of grenade heads behind one another on a long stick or board (see fig. 31); the grenade nearest the operator is complete with handle and detonator, and to it is attached a long wire or cord.

[Figure 31. Stick grenades used as Bangalore torpedo.]
Figure 31.—Stick grenades used as Bangalore torpedo.

14 See TM 5-325, "Enemy Land Mines and Booby Traps" (April 19, 1943), pp. 1-96, for detailed information on the construction of German land mines and booby traps, many of which are made from grenades.

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