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

This is the Ball Rohr Stielhandgranate (stick grenade), once attached to a cardboard handle (as in the replica inset), remnants of which you can still see inside the ball in the main picture. 

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

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 … Continue reading

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

At the start of last year I showed you three examples of what are known as Lakos hand grenades, and here are three more examples of Captain Róbert Lakos’ inventions.

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Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part Thirteen – The Universal Grenade

We’ve seen some pretty basic hand grenades (in particular the Lakos grenades) in the past few months, so let’s take a look at something more complex, whilst bearing in mind that the more complicated the device, the more to go … Continue reading

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

In Part Four of this introduction to Austro-Hungarian hand grenades I showed you a small Schwere hand grenade, very similar to this example. 

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

Another heavy Schwere hand grenade, this version introduced into the Austro-Hungarian Army during the latter part of the war.

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Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part Ten – The Zeitzünder M16 Grenade

The Zeitzünder M15 was superseded by the M16 ‘Torpedo’ in 1916, ostensibly because it had a greater range, although the M15 continued to be used, presumably until stocks ran out.  The M16 was a smooth tube, cast-iron canister grenade that, like the … Continue reading

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