RG-42 Grenade

Country of OriginRussia
Diameter55.000 mm
Length130.000 mm
Weight0.420 kg


ww2dbaseRG-42 fragmentation grenades replaced the RGD-33 grenades after the Russo-German war began in 1941, largely due to the predecessors' complex design which led to RGD-33 design's slow production. Each grenade contained 100 to 120 grams of TNT, and had a blast radius of about 10 meters. Each fuse was set to between 3.2 and 4.2 seconds of delay. They remained in use after WW2 with Soviet and Warsaw Pact countries.

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Last Major Revision: Oct 2013


Soldier of Soviet Second Byellorussian Front, 1944Soldier of Soviet Second Byellorussian Front, 1944

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1. jatomon says:
23 Sep 2013 10:13:32 AM

both pictures do not correwspond with the RG-42.
1st picture shows a RG-33 in the soldiers belt
2nd picture show an incendiary cristal grenade.
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
23 Sep 2013 05:58:02 PM

Jatomon: Thanks for pointing that out, we will move the photos to the correct places.

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