No, I don’t collect Allied ordnance, but this is such a perfect example of an iconic weapon from both WW1 and WW2, well I guess I needed one. This particular example is a Number 23 Mark II, which places it somewhere between late 1917 and early 1918. The base plug is marked to Moorwood, the manufacturer and indicates its model number.
Archive for the Grenades Category
Interesting item of Pioneer kit. This is a Nebelkerze 39 smoke pot used by both AFV’s and Pioneers as a means of quickly laying down a smoke screen during the attack. These were setup with the BZE39 fusing (found also on the M43 & e39 hand grenades) or with a zunder as seen in the photos below.
This one is stamped kun 1941 for the manufacturer J.F. Eisfeld GmbH, Werk Cunegonde.
This rather boring little cardboard tube is intended for the German Mod 40 Rifle Grenade (Große Gewehrpanzergranate). This tube is not marked for a manufacturer, just for the model grenade it contains. The grenade can be found here.
This is the transport container for the German Mod 30 (30mm) high explosive rifle grenade (Gewehrsprenggranate). My friend James is big into ordnance and insists on talking me into buying this stuff. The type-A in me agrees but I have to say that old cardboard gets right stinky. The grenade it held is here. The container is stamped COS 44 for Merz-Werke Metallwarenfabrik in Frankfurt.
This grenade, the Volkshandgranate 45 is a product from the last months of the war. The body was made out of concrete, mixed with metal fragments, formed in a paper mold. It held a 150gram nipolit charge, held under a metal cover.
The charge held a threaded metal adapter, to accept the igniter. This particular one has traces of its original green paint however it appears the metal adapter is lost to time.
This is the most common of the anti-tank type rifle grenades manufactured by the Germans. It’s also known as the Mod 40. Introduced in 1942 this weapon could penetrate 70mm of armour due to its shaped charge HEAT design. This particular one was manufactured in 1944 by Theodor Bergmann & Co. KG Waffen-u. Munitionsfabrik in Berlin.