Australian Raiding Club

Accession Number RELAWM03768
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Physical description Cast iron, Leather, Steel, Wood
Date made c 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Australian Raiding Club. Wooden 35 mm shaft with a Mark V hand grenade body, stamped GF, attached to the top with a single nail. On the base or pommel of the shaft there is a steel 24 mm wide ring collar and hole through the wood with a leather wrist thong.

History / Summary

This type of raiding club was often used by Australian troops in trench warfare and carried by members of raiding parties. Combatants on all sides used them. Mostly improvised, these clubs sported barbs, spikes, weighted grenades and cogs to strike a disabling blow to an enemy.