A Tour of Boesinghe Part Fourteen – The Carrefour des Roses & Francis Ledwidge Memorial

So here we are in the fields on the eastern side of the Yser Canal, looking west towards the spire of Boesinghe church, some three quarters of a mile away on the other side of the water. Continue reading

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Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part Six – The Schwere Hand Grenade Part Three

This is the third, and largest, example of a Schwere hand grenade that I can show you, and this is a seriously heavy piece of kit, weighing in at over one and a half pounds. Continue reading

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Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part Five – The Schwere Hand Grenade Part Two

This is a medium Schwere hand grenade, weighing in at about ten ounces, considerably heavier than the previous Schwere I showed you. Continue reading

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Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part Four – The Schwere Hand Grenade Part One

Schwere hand grenades, made of cast-iron, and in quite a number of different styles and sizes, were used by Austro-Hungarian forces throughout the war. Continue reading

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Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part Three – The Lakos Hand Grenade

Three examples of what are known as Lakos hand grenades, although why, I have no idea. Continue reading

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Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part Two – The Ball Rohr Hand Grenade

This is the Ball Rohr hand grenade, also once attached to a cardboard handle, remnants of which you can still see inside the ball. Continue reading

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Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part One – The Rohr Hand Grenade

Many of the early hand grenades in use during the first few months of the war, across all the combatant nations, were improvised explosive devices, tins full of bits of metal or anything likely to cause damage, often attached to handles for easier throwing.  The Austro-Hungarian Army was no different, but by the spring of 1915, these improvised hand grenades were being replaced by not only the German Stielhandgranate, which the Austrians soon began importing in large quantities, but by other Austrian-manufactured stick grenades, and in particular the Rohr hand grenade. Continue reading

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