Type N Smoke Grenade : Nebelbombe, Germany

Accession Number RELAWM02039
Collection type Technology
Object type Grenade
Physical description Brass, Porcelain, Steel
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916: Weaponry
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made c.1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

German Type N Nebelbombe. The word 'NEBEL' (smoke) is stencilled on the brass casing of the bomb in white paint. Markings on the fuze indicate that it has a five second delay. The pull wire is missing from the fuze body.

History / Summary

The Nebelbombe was a smoke hand grenade in general use in 1917 and 1918 by the German Army. It was filled with toxic chlorosulphonic acid, which when exposed to oxygen generated a thick white smoke that could be used to cover movement or force enemy forces from trenches or bunkers.

This particular example was found at Warfusee, Abancourt.