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Model 39 Eihandgranate

Model 39 Eihandgranate

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Model 39 Eihandgranate history

The M39 grenade entered service in 1939 in the Reich army under the name Model 1939 Eihandgranate. The term Ei (egg in German) refers to the shape of the grenade.

Its implementation is the following: first remove the protective cap then pull the primer attached to the cap and launch the grenade. Two different retarders exist: one of 4.5 seconds (identified by a cap of blue color), the other of 7.5 seconds (identified by a cap of yellow color).

The Model 39 grenade can be used without delay with the use of a special bait, allowing soldiers to trap windows, doors or even objects. It was used until the end of the Second World War and especially during the Battle of Normandy.

Model 39 Eihandgranate history

Creator/User: Germany
Denomination: M39 Eihandgranate

Type of grenade: offensive grenade

Lethal radius: 3 meters

Time delay: delay of 4,5 or 7,5 seconds

Filling: 112 grams of TNT

Weight: 220 grammes
Diameter: 60 mm

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