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WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1
  • WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1
  • WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1
  • WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1
  • WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1
  • WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1
  • WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1
  • WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1
  • WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1

WWII Deactivated British Mills Defensive Grenade No36M Mk1

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£120.00


Product Description

A really good condition example of a WWII original British Mills Grenade.

It is the No.36M version and is dated 1943. The grenade has been deactivated and is therefore inert. It is complete, with the spring loaded assembly and pin. The black body has a green band around the middle to denote that it contained Baratol or Trotyl explosive filling. There are also 3 red Xs that confirm it has been waterproofed. The base plate and the filler plug are made of zinc. The body, the plate and thehandle are all marked J.P. & S for Joseph Parks & Sons, of Willenhall, Staffordshire.

William Mills, a hand grenade designer from Sunderland, patented, developed and manufactured the "Mills bomb" at the Mills Munition Factory in Birmingham, England, in 1915. The final variation of the Mills bomb, the No. 36M, was specially designed and waterproofed with shellac for use initially in the hot climate of Mesopotamia in 1917, but remained in production for many years. It was a defensive grenade (meant to be thrown from behind cover at a target in the open, wounding with fragmentation. With fragmenting defensive grenades, after throwing the user had to take cover immediately, as the range was 15 to 20 metres, whilst the danger area was about 100 yds. At first the grenade was fitted with a seven-second fuse, but during combat in the Battle of France in 1940 this delay proved to be too long, giving defenders time to escape the explosion, or even to throw the grenade back, and was reduced to four seconds. The shellac-coated "Mesopotamian" variant (No. 36M MkI) was designed to keep moisture and humidity out of the detonator's fuse. It was the British army's standard hand-grenade from the 1930s to 1972.

Because of postal regulations, we can only post within the UK

Size: 10 cm (4 inches)
Weight: 659 g

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