No 34 Mk IV Hand Grenade, British army

Accession Number RELAWM02094
Collection type Technology
Object type Grenade
Physical description Brass, Iron, Paint
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916: Weaponry
Maker State Factory
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c. 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

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.

History / Summary

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.

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