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Hand Grenade
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Hand Grenade

Hand-thrown missile filled with explosives and designed to be detonated on impact (percussion) or by a timed fuse. The latter became the standard type on account of its greater reliability.

Hand grenades was one of the infantry soldier’s most important close-quarters combat weapons in World War One, but until the turn of the century they were viewed as archaic instruments of earlier wars and attracted attention chiefly for being favored by anarchists. Beginning with the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, the use of …

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Stortz, Dieter, “Hand Grenade”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 04 December 2022 <>
First published online: 2015

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