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Russian M1912 Grenade

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Here is an example of a WW1 Russian hand grenade, the M1912. This was a fairly complex design grenade, made from sheet metal and inside it had a fragmentation sleeve. The explosive used ammonal, which was water soluble, so these grenades and their fuses were packed into airtight containers until use. The fuse was in the handle and spring loaded, secured by a metal ring, similar to the Russian gas grenades of the time. There is a hook on the reverse to allow it to be attached to the soldiers belt. On the side are some stampings, as this is another dug example, they may be hard to read. The grenade also had several lead balls attached to strings at various points on the grenade to allow stability when thrown through the air. The handle and string are replacements, everything else is original. 

 

 

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