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First World War, 1914-1918
No 34 Mk IV Hand Grenade, British army
British No 34 Mk IV 'Egg' hand grenade. It features two horizontal halves soldered together with brass fuze and detonator ring attached at top. Impressed with 1918 in centre of bottom half.
The No 34 grenade (known as an 'egg' grenade due to the tear-drop shape of the body) was developed by the British and introduced in 1917 as a response to the small, lightweight German egg hand grenade. The grenade operated with an internal percussion delay fuse mechanism. Their light weight allowed a number to be carried and easily thrown.