stick grenade


Kugelhandgranate M1913/15 Poppenberg system

Manufactured by Germany c.1915-1918 using surplus Khg M1913 fragmentation grenades.
45g explosive charge, percussive system armed by removing the pin and lifting the spoon lever on the handle, after which a sharp shock and gravity would detonate the device.

That’s what happens when you Voltron the early German ball grenade with their later 1915 stick technology. They had realized earlier with the regular M1915 percussive layout - one with a regular cylindrical head like other Stielhandgranate - you better had the heaviest head possible to make sure it landed right on its face.

Plus they were bored and they had plenty to fuck around with.

French Trench Cleaners c.1915

Picture of three French soldiers equipped for trench warfare, using metal skullcaps, body armor, a 1886 Lebel rifle, a MAS 1873 revolver and what appears to be a vast collection of captured German impact stick grenades.
Notice the use of tactical moustaches, a staple of European powers.

Harley and Ivy are working an out of town job together and they’ve been driving for a really long time. Ivy is driving and Harley gets bored so she reaches into the box of weapons in the back and grabs two grenades and sticks them down her bra. 

“Look, Red! My boobs will blow your mind!”
“You’re gonna have to reach in there and get them ;) “


P1 Mle 1915 grenade

Manufactured in France c.1915 for the French army.
30g PETN explosive charge, aluminium scoopoid arming lever with a cloth streamer - secured by a small cord, lead screw-in percussion plug in the base, internal fragmentation grooves.

Surprisingly not the shittiest grenade design from WW1, the Pércutante N°1 of 1915 was one of the few contact grenades - like the British N°1 grenade - that exploded right away upon falling. This of course could be pretty hazardous, and even with a streamer and a heavy butt the explosive would not always be detonated upon landing, nevermind it detonating in the hand of its owner because they sneezed too hard.
At least it’s not like the British N°1 where its a stick grenade with a top detonator that’s supposed to be thrown with a wall of mud less than half a meter behind you.

I really love the look though, of both.

the signs as weapons they'd use in a zombie apocalypse
  • Aries: flamethrower
  • Taurus: crowbar
  • Gemini: sling bow
  • Cancer: hammer
  • Leo: cannon
  • Virgo: knives
  • Libra: baseball bat
  • Scorpio: spiked stick
  • Sagittarius: grenade
  • Capricorn: handgun
  • Aquarius: axe
  • Pisces: frying pan (most effective weapon tbh)

I haven’t done a long post in a while. Today I’ll be talking about one of Germany’s most recognizable weapons, the Model 24 Stielhandgranate  or “Potato Masher” as the Allies affectionately called it. For simplicity’s sake I’m going to call it the “stick grenade” from here on out.

Originally introduced to the German Army in 1915, the Model 24 was the standard issue high explosive weapon given to the Landser through out the remainder of the war, and continued to be used throughout WWII as well.

Detonated by a friction igniter, the user would take a cap off the bottom, pull on a cord that had a porcelain ball at the end. When the cord was pulled, it would drag a small steel rod through the igniter which through friction and heat, set off the explosive charge that had a 5 second timer.

Originally starting out as more of a concussive weapon, a serrated fragmentaion sleeve was added to later iterations to make it more effective against enemy infantry.

Compared to the traditional Allied grenade, such as the British No. 36 Mk. 1 “Mills Bomb” or the American Mk. 2 “Pineapple” Grenade, the German stick grenade provided a point of leverage to allow the user to throw it significantly farther. (And speaking from personal experience as someone who is terrible at throwing grenades, a stick is much easier to throw than a ball)

It was also common for German soldiers to increase the power of the Model 24 by removing the explosive charges from several other grenades and attaching them to one, in a bundle. This was known as Geballte Ladung, or bundle charge.

Variants included smoke charges, and incendiary charges.

my gemsona, clinohumite…..!! (clino for short…) she uses stick grenades and tonfa >:o

under normal circumstances, i would’ve made my gemsona like. thin….and ultra pretty n stuff.. but steven universe makes me feel, like, really good abt my own body type, so i was like….“i’ll use my own body type for her,” and it came out really well!! i’m really happy….!

June 23, 1916 - Last Major German Attack at Verdun

Pictured - German soldiers during the battle.  One pulls the cord out of a stick-grenade.

The Battle of Verdun had by June long since become a grinding, daily, war of attrition, where hundreds of soldiers on each side died every day.  After capturing Fort Vaux and the hill of Cote 304, Germany sat on some of the battlefield’s most important features.  But the German plan to “bleed the French army dry” at Verdun had ended up sucking Germany into an equally painful clash.  Germany could ill-afford to lose hundreds of thousands of troops, especially with the situation in the East, where Russia was storming ahead, and knowing that Britain and France’s summer offensive must come soon.

Therefore, the last major German effort to capture Verdun took place on June 22 and 23.  German artillery pounded French lines using a new weapon: Green Cross phosgene gas.  The toxic fumes flooded the lungs of men of horses, causing them to die in terrible agony.  French doctors, laboring tirelessly to save the wounded, were themselves struck down by the gas. 

After several hours of this rain of death, 30,000 German landsers went over the top of their trenches, rushing the French lines.  Fort Thiaumont, merely two miles north of the town of Verdun itself, was conquered.  An entire French division of 5,000 troops was also wiped out in the village of Fleury.

Hans Forster, a young German university student in the army, recorded in his diary his recollections of that day. “To the front of us a railway embankment; to the right a curve in it.  There forty-five Frenchmen are standing with their hands up.  One corporal is still shooting at them - I stop him.  An elderly Frenchman raises a slightly wounded right hand and smiles and thanks me.”  Also among the German attackers was twenty-five year old Lieutenant Friedrich Paulus.  Twenty-six years later, he was to surrender the German Sixth Army at the Battle of Stalingrad.