Model 24 Stielhandgranate Grenade
|Country of Origin||Germany|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseNicknamed "stick grenades" or "potato mashers", the Model 24 Stielhandgranate grenades were introduced into German service in 1915; the general type commonly used in WW2 originated from the 1924 variant. The explosives situated inside thin sheet metal cylinders at the top of the hollow handles were ignited by friction igniters, a design common among German grenades of the period but unusual in designs originating from other countries. To trigger the friction igniters, the operators would typically hold the handles with one hand while the other hand pulled an exposed cord at end of the handles opposite of the cylinders; the grenades would occur about five seconds after pulling the cords. Each Model 24 grenade carried 170 grams of high explosives. The blast radius was about 10 to 12 meters. They were typically transported in metal crates each carrying 15 grenades, with igniters separated from the grenades. A smaller number of smoke (marked with white band on the cylinder and at times with different-shaped handles), training (without explosives), and cold weather (marked with "K" on the cylinder) variants were also produced. ww2dbase
Last Major Revision: Apr 2011
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