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GBR - Hand Grenade No.77 Mk I a Mk II

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British hand grenade introduced in WWII as a means of signalling and laying smoke screens. Production ran from the beginning of the year 1943. The grenade had an impact fuse which, after the impact caused a burst container and the white phosphorus (8 ounces) ,which was the content of the is in contact with the air combusted and the evolved amounts of white smoke. Due to the fact that the smoke was poisonous was to be used against the enemy hidden in buildings and also as an incendiary grenade. Due to the hazard during storage (case often korodovala), were grenades decommissioned shortly after the war and in 1948 they were storing the supplies destroyed. Canada produced a similar type and, due to the better quality of its grenades used up to 50 years. The grenade he had in addition to the version of the Mk I (pictured) and a version of the Mk II which is from the original vary different bottom parts. Mk I is down conical, the Mk II is down flat and the bottom part is with the body of the associated rim like on the tin.

Source : The Encyclopedia of Infantry Weapons of World War II , author Ian In. Hogg , issued by Arms & Armour Press in 1977, ISBN 0-85368-281-X

the photo is from my archives (photographed by me).
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