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Eierhandgranate 39: Egg-Type Hand Grenade Model 39

Eierhandgranate 39: Egg-Type Hand Grenade Model 39This grenade consists of a thin egg-shaped case filled with an explosive charge, and a friction type igniter with a delay pellet. The upper end of the friction wire in the igniter is attached to a disc in the head which screws on to the top of the body. In operation, the head is unscrewed and pulled, drawing the wire through the friction composition and igniting the delay pellet. After a delay of from 4 to 5 seconds the pellet initiates the detonator which in turn sets off the explosive filler.

This type hand grenade has been used as a booby trap by fitting a non-delay friction igniter which can be identified by its left-hand threads.

Overall length       3 ins.
Maximum diameter 2 ins.
Color Black body with blue igniter head
Weight of explosive filler 3.85 oz.
Weight 12 ozs.
Igniter B. Z. 39
Delay       4-5 sec.

German: p. 321

Stielhandgranaten 24 u. 39: Stick Hand Grenade Models 24 and 39

Stielhandgranaten 24 u. 39: Stick Hand Grenade Models 24 and 39The head of this grenade is a thin steel casing containing the explosive filler. This is screwed onto a hollow wooden handle through the center of which runs a double length of cord. This cord connects at the forward end to a friction pull igniter (B. Z. 24) and at the rear to a porcelain ball in a metal cap. In operation, the cap is removed, the porcelain ball pulled, and the missile thrown to detonate after a 4-5 second delay.

MODEL 24

Overall length        1 ft., 2 ins.
Diameter of body 2 3/4 ins.
Color of body Olive drab
Weight 1 lb., 5 oz.
Weight of explosive filler 6 ozs.
Explosive filler T.N.T.
Igniter B. Z. 24
Delay 4-5 sec.

MODEL 39

Overall length        1 ft., 4 ins.
Color Olive drab
Weight 1 lb., 6 ozs.
Weight of explosive filler 7 ozs.
Igniter B. Z. 24
Delay 4-5 sec.

German: p. 321

Offensive Disc Type Grenade

German Offensive Disc Type Grenade - WWIIThis grenade, a new type of offensive weapon, has no outer casing or cover, but consists merely of a disc cut from a pre-cast or pressed pellet of explosive, and an igniter. The disc, which is believed to be R.D.X./wax, is 3 5/16 inches in diameter and 17/32 inches thick. It is drilled to receive the igniter and detonator.

A standard friction igniter with a delay of approximately six seconds, and a detonator (Sprengkapsel 08) are used.

SPECIFICATIONS

Diameter of disc         3 5/16 ins.
Thickness of disc 17/32 in.
Explosive R.D.X./wax
Color Chocolate

German: p. 320.1 (May 1, 1945)

Stielhandgranate 43: New Type Stick Hand Grenade

Stielhandgranate 43

The new ype German Stick Grenade, consisting of a head filled with TNT, a smooth fragmentation sleeve, fitted over the head, and a detachable wooden handle, is a modification of the standard Stielhandgranate 24 described on page 321.

The later model, however, does not have a friction igniter operated by a cord running through the handle. Instead, the detonator and 4 1/2-second delay igniter similar to that used with the egg grenade, are screwed into the top of the explosive head. The grenade may be thrown with or without the handle. Arming and priming are the same as for the egg grenade.

German: p. 320.1 (May 1, 1945)

Gross Panzergranate 61 and 46: H.E.A.T. (Hollow Charge) Rifle Grenade

Gross Panzergranate 61 and 46: H.E.A.T. (Hollow Charge) Rifle GrenadeTwo additional H.E.A.T. (hollow charge) armor piercing rifle grenades have recently been recovered and are illustrated herewith. They bear the designations G. Pz. Gr. 61 and G. Pz. Gr. 46. The numerals “61″ and “46″ refer to the diameter of the explosive head in millimeters. The maximum range of the “61″ is 218 yards. Static fired at normal, the “61″ is reported to penetrate to 4.96 inches of homogeneous armor plate; the “46″ is reported to penetrate 3.54 inches of the same plate.

“61″

Total weight         1 lb., 4.25 ozs.
Weight of H.E. filling 8.69 ozs.
Weight of booster explosive .24 oz.
Weight of propelling cartridge powder 27 grains

“46″

Total weight         14.65 ozs.
Weight of H.E. filling 5.16 ozs.
Weight of booster explosive .24 oz.
Weight of propelling cartridge powder 27 grains

German: p. 319

Schuss Gr. P-40: H.E.A.T. (Hollow Charge) Grenade

Schuss Gr. P-40: H.E.A.T. (Hollow Charge) GrenadeThis grenade consists of a bell-shaped body of thin steel with a slightly convex aluminum closing disc, a graze fuze which screws into a cylindrical projection welded to the base of the body, and a finned tail unit. The bursting charge of cyclonite wax is cast around an aluminum hollow charge liner which is hemispherical in shape. A detonator and intermediary exploder are contained in an aluminum magazine which fits into the base of the main explosive cavity. The tail unit screws onto the base of the fuze housing and consists of a drawn-steel tube with six vanes formed in pairs. The cartridge is of the 7.92 mm small arm type with an undyed hollow wooden bullet.

Overall length         9.3 ins.
Maximum diameter 2.4 ins.
Color Olive green
Markings Blue band round projection at base of body
Length of body 3.1 ins.
Filler Cyclonite/Wax

German: p. 319

Gewehr Propaganda Granate: Propaganda Rifle Grenade

Gewehr Propaganda Granate: Propaganda Rifle GrenadeThis grenade which is used for propaganda purposes consists of a cylindrical steel body with a pre-rifled base and a removable ballistic cap. The base of the grenade contains a 9-second delay fuze and an ejecting charge covered by a cardboard disc to prevent moisture from causing deterioration. Leaflets are inserted in two steel packing covers held loosely inside the case, and then the case and cap are varnished to protect them from rust. On firing, the flash from the propelling cartridge ignites the fuze and approximately 9 seconds later the ejecting charge explodes, blowing off the cap and forcing the leaflets out of the nose of the projectile.

Overall length        5.7 ins.
Total weight 8 ozs.
Weight without leaflets 7 ozs.
Delay 9 sec.
Range 500 yds.

German: p. 318

Gross Gewehr Panzergranate: H.E.A.T. (Hollow Charge) Rifle Grenade

Gross Gewehr Panzergranate: H.E.A.T. (Hollow Charge) Rifle GrenadeThis grenade, while larger and of slightly different contour than that described on the preceding page, is basically the same in construction and operation. The body of pressed steel contains a steel cone around which the T.N.T. filler is cast, and at the bottom of the filler is an exploder pellet of penthrite wax. Two types of stem may be used, one entirely of light alloy and the other of plastic with a steel shank by which it is screwed onto the body. The booster assembly and the percussion type fuze are both located in the stem divided by a perforated septum which contains a small flash pellet. At the base of the stem is a rifled band which corresponds to the rifling on the discharger. The assembly is closed by a base plug.

Overall length       7 ins.
Maximum diameter1 3/4 ins.
ColorBlack overall
Total weight13 1/2 ozs.
Weight of filler4 1/2 ozs.
FillerT.N.T./Cyclonite
Range (maximum)100 yds.

German: p. 318

Gewehr Panzergranate: Antitank Rifle Grenade

Gewehr Panzergranate: Antitank Rifle GrenadeThe Gewehr Panzergranate is constructed in two parts, the head and the stem. The head, a seamless steel tube fitted with a light ballistic cap, contains a hollow charge cone and an explosive filling of T.N.T. A cavity is provided in the rear portion of the main filling to take an exploder of penthrite wax. The stem of light alloy or aluminum is screwed onto the head of the grenade. It is divided into two compartments. The upper portion contains the booster which consists of a detonator surrounded by a penthrite wax filling contained in a light alloy case. The percussion type fuze is located in the lower part of the stem. In the septum is a small flash pellet held in place by a perforated screw plug. A pre-engraved driving band is formed on the outside of the grenade approximately 1/4 inch fromn the base. The entire assembly is closed by a base plug which positions the fuze by a stem which fits into a recess in the rear of the striker body.

Overall length         6.4 ins.
Maximum diameter 1 3/16 ins.
Color Black body; aluminum stem
Total weight 8.8 ozs.
Filler T.N.T./Cyclonite
Weight of filler 1.75 ozs.
Range 50 yds.

German: p. 317

Gewehr-Sprenggranate: Antipersonnel Rifle or Hand Grenade

Gewehr-Sprenggranate: Antipersonnel Rifle or Hand GrenadeThis grenade consists of a tubular steel body containing an explosive filler of penthrite wax, a detonator, a direct action nose fuze, a delay friction igniter, and a base assembly containing a self-destroying system. A diaphragm near the bottom of the grenade is threaded centrally to receive the friction igniter. The fuze and base assemblies are not integral parts of the grenade, but are screwed into the nose and base respectively. If the nose fuze does not function properly, the grenade is self-destructive. On firing, the flash from the propelling cartridge enters a hole in the base closing plug and ignites a 6.5 second delay pellet contained in a brass holder. This fires the friction igniter which, gives an additional delay of 4.5 seconds before setting off the detonator. The grenade may also be used as a hand grenade by removing the base assembly and pulling a cord attached to the friction igniter.

Overall length        5.5 ins.
Maximum diameter 1.2 ins.
Color Black body; aluminum fuze and base
Total weight 9 ozs.
Explosive filler PETN/Wax
Weight of filler 1.1 oz.
Maximum range 550 yds.
Delay Self-destroying—11 sec.
  Friction igniter—4.5 sec.
  Impact—No delay

German: p. 317