Another heavy Schwere hand grenade, this version introduced into the Austro-Hungarian Army during the latter part of the war.
What is immediately obvious is that we are now looking at a hand grenade the design of which appears much closer to hand grenades as we generically think of them.
Ask someone to draw one, and this is what they are likely to come up with.
A closer look, however, reveals that the fragmentation pieces are still similar to previous Schwere hand grenades in their design, in that the sections are not uniform in size.
They do, however, protrude far less than on the previous versions; by this stage of the war both cost and lack of resources were taking their toll, although it may be that technological advances played their part too.
Weighing in at one and three-quarter pounds,…
…by comparison with the similar-in-design British Mills bomb that I think we are all familiar with, this grenade is an inch longer at four and a half inches, and half a pound heavier.
Unscrew the top,…
…and once again…
…the delay friction fuse, nearly complete, is still there. The inside of the grenade would have been filled with black powder, or gunpowder, if you prefer.
There will come a time when I have no more German or Austro-Hungarian grenades to show you (mixed reactions, perhaps, to that?), although by then a good basic resource, I think, will have been created for anyone exploring the subject.
But we ain’t there yet. Next we take another look at a small Schwere, this time with attachment.