No 69 grenade dated 1940 made by Thomas De La Rue, London.
The shell of the No 69 grenade is composed of hard plastic Bakelite, exploding on impact it shattered
without producing fragments like a metal bodied grenade.
To use the No 69 bomb the screw-off cap was removed, and the grenade
was then thrown, a linen tape with a curved lead weight on the end
automatically unwrapped in flight, freeing a ball-bearing inside the fuse which armed the
all-ways fuse in flight and the grenade exploded on impact.
2 Pounder Anti Tank Shell the casing is dated 1942 the projectile 1943.
The 2 pdr was originally designed as a tank gun in 1934 but it was also decided to mount the gun on
an anti tank carriage for anti-tank defence, although it was a useful weapon at the beginning of
WW11 as the war went on it was soon found to be not much good against up armed and armoured German
tanks, also it did not fire high explosive rounds which were needed against enemy anti tank guns and
German 1 kg aluminum incendiary bomb.14 inches long and
2 inches wide.This was the standard type of German incendiary bomb, They were dropped from various
sized containers, holding up to 700 bombs each.
Practice Mills No36 possibly Mk2. Makers marks JP&S, Josiah Parkes & Sons, Willenhall Staffordshire. Thanks to David Samson for that information see the links section for David,s site The Mills Grenade Collectors site.
Grenade, Hand, Anti-tank, No. 75, MK.1. more commonly known as the Hawkins grenade.
On the top of the grenade is a plate, under which the user would insert a chemical igniter, when a vehicle drove over the grenade, its weight crushed the plate, which in turn cracked the igniter; this then leaked acid onto a chemical which detonated the charge. The grenade was designed so that it could either be thrown at a vehicle like an ordinary anti-tank grenade, or used as an anti-tank mine. It was also fitted with areas where blasting caps or cordex could be placed, so that it could be used as a demolition charge. The grenade saw service with the British Army until 1955. The United States Army also used the grenade, as well as developing their own variant known as the M7 light anti-tank mine.When used in an anti-tank role, a number of the grenades could be strung together in a daisy chain and then placed across a road to damage armoured vehicles. When grenades were grouped together, they were capable of disabling a medium tank. The Hawkins was also used in other roles, such as breaching walls and destroying sections of railway track.
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