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Debris of War - phototour

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Vosges mountains - May 2003

Unexploded German rifle grenade 1917, in use very similar to the cup charged French VB rifle grenade, launched by firing a live round through the centre tube of the grenade causing the expanding muzzle gases to propel the grenade from the cup.

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Vosges mountains - May 2003

Selection of German contemporary glassware, some 8x57 spent cartridge cases and the bottom cap of a German handgrenade.

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Vosges mountains - May 2003

French 'hair brush' handgrenades (wooden handles complete rotted away): single model on the left and a double model on the right. Hair brush grenades were made from a steel tubing section with an explosive charge mounted on a piece of timber to enable easy throwing action. A small boxed primer was mounted right below the tubing.

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Italian Dolomites - June 2003

Mostly Italian relics found at the bottom of a former Austrian cave: (from left to right) part of Carbone Model C, SIPE and BPD handgrenade, cap of an Austrian 'potatomasher' handgrenade, some 8mm Mannlicher live rounds and several crampons (used for walking on iced terrain).


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