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Here's a nice example of a French 'Grenade Contre fil Barbele'.This is a 1916 version which was larger than its predecessor containing 800g of Chedite. It's smaller brother contained 400g of Chedite

It was basically a sheet metal cylinder with a wooden plug and a stick with a hollowed out centre containing a traction igniter.

Its main use was for blowing up barbed wire.

Pictured next to an M16 stick grenade for scale.

 

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Nice Barbele, I have this on my wish list, along with a P1 grenade, still looking. 

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This one just popped up on a site I  keep my eye on and so I grabbed it. About $180 US. I've also found the smaller version on another site.Same price same kind of condition. Would make a nice pair.You come across P1s over here once in a while.There is a lot of inert ordinance over here in the UK. Thing is when you're a new collector like me you see things all the time that you don't have or didn't know existed. I've only been collecting WW1 grenades about 3 or 4 months. I have 29 with a few hard to find types. Top of my wish list is a Turkish ' Gallipoli' Grenade. They're pretty expensive over here and again you've hot to watch out for fakes.

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Grab them while you can, they will only get more scarce as time goes on. 

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