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"Improvised Stick Grenade" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following intelligence report on an improvised German stick grenade used in North Africa was published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 45, April 1, 1944.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


A specimen of an improvised German stick grenade has recently been examined in N. Africa. The grenade consists of a rough wooden handle, to the end of which a standard 100 gm demolition charge is secured by two thick strands of wire. The charge is surrounded by a casing of coarse concrete, 1/2 in thick.

The charge is threaded and it would appear that the friction igniter, as on the normal German stick grenade, is employed. The handle is grooved to take string and at the base of the handle, there is a small recess for the porcelain bead.

Dimensions are as follows: -
Overall length       14 in
Length of concrete head4 in
Diameter of concrete head2 3/4 in
Thickness of concrete casing1/2 in


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