|Object type||Edged weapon or club|
|Physical description||Cast iron, Leather, Steel, Wood|
|Date made||c 1916|
First World War, 1914-1918
Australian Raiding Club
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.
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.