Model 24 Stielhandgranate (Also known as a stick grenade or potato masher) was the hand grenade used by German troops from the end of WWI all the way through to WWII. The characteristic long handle provided a better heft to the grenade, so it could be thrown farther and with more accuracy. The bottom cap of the handle was unscrewed, revealing the handle’s hollow interior. A porcelain toggle would come out, which was ripped out along with the cord it was attached with, giving a four to five second delay before detonation.
The writing on the explosive head reads “VOR GEBRAUCH SPRENGKAPSEL EINSETZEN”, which translates into “Before use insert detonator”, a reminder to users, as the fuse assembly had to be installed prior to combat.
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German soldiers wounded during Operation Bagration
Kriegsmarine men in Oslo, Norway
Warsaw, Nazi-occupied Poland, 1940. The signs read, “Typhus area. Passage permitted only while traveling.” (Hugo Jaeger)
Destroyed german panzer in Belarus durin the “Bagration” 1944