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WWII 1940 Dated British No 69 Deactivated Hand Grenade
  • WWII 1940 Dated British No 69 Deactivated Hand Grenade
  • WWII 1940 Dated British No 69 Deactivated Hand Grenade
  • WWII 1940 Dated British No 69 Deactivated Hand Grenade
  • WWII 1940 Dated British No 69 Deactivated Hand Grenade
  • WWII 1940 Dated British No 69 Deactivated Hand Grenade
  • WWII 1940 Dated British No 69 Deactivated Hand Grenade
  • WWII 1940 Dated British No 69 Deactivated Hand Grenade

WWII 1940 Dated British No 69 Deactivated Hand Grenade

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£220.00


Product Description

A scarce original WWII (1940) dated British No 69 deactivated and inert hand grenade in mint or very near mint condition.

The grenade is made of black bakelite and has never been painted or marked for identification of explosive content. The grenade was developed during the Second World War and issued from 1940 onwards. It was adopted into service due to the need for a grenade with smaller destructive radius than the No 36M ‘Mills bomb’. This allowed the thrower to use a grenade even when there was little in the way of defensive cover. The shell of the No 69 grenade was composed entirely of the hard plastic Bakelite, which shattered without producing fragments like a metal bodied grenade. Metal fragmenting sleeves were available to increase the grenade's lethality. The 69 grenade was the first British hand grenade to use the No 247 always fuse which was deployed by removing the cap and when thrown, a linen tape with a curved lead weight on the end automatically unwrapped in flight, freeing a ball-bearing inside the fuse.

This early production grenade has a Bakelite body and the base is stamped No-69 I (No 69 Mark 1) and D.L.R.-40 (Thomas De La Rue London 1940) on the base. The fuse cap fibre pipe is still present. The bottom inside of the grenade is marked S37, the upper section 1-3H. The cap is marked S40 and when it is unscrewed, the weighted tape is intact. The grenade was withdrawn from service in 1947. As such, it is a scarce item and rare in this good a condition.

Size: 6.2 x 11.7 cm (2 7/16 x 4 9/16 inches)
Weight: 194 g

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