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Mark II Grenade

Country of OriginUnited States
Diameter59.000 mm
Weight0.595 kg


ww2dbaseDesigned in 1918, the Mark II fragmentation hand grenades were adopted by the United States military in 1920. Nicknamed "pineapples", they each weighed 1 pound 5 ounces (about 0.6 kilograms). They remained the standard fragmentation grenades of American forces in WW2. The Mk IIA1 variant design was placed in production in 1942. Near the end of the war, the original and the variant designs were renamed Mk 2 and Mk 2A1, respectively. They were replaced by the M26 grenades in the 1950s.

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2 Apr 1945 The American Mk II and Mk IIA1 hand grenades were redesignated Mk 2 and Mk 2A1, respectively.


An American soldier posing with a grenade, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, United States, date unknownUnited States Marine preparing to throw a Mark II ā€œpineappleā€ grenade on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 1942. Note Browning Automatic Rifle at left.Winston Churchill being shown various weapons, England, United Kingdom, 15 May 1944, photo 2 of 2Paratrooper of US 101st Airborne Division holding a Nazi German flag captured in a village near Utah Beach, Saint-Marcouf, France, 8 Jun 1944
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An American soldier posing with a grenade, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, United States, date unknown
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