WEAPONS OF WAR: Improvised & Emergency Grenades

Across 1914-1915, the British Army was experiencing a severe shortage in hand grenades, forcing soldiers to improvise substitute devices. Rob Langham profiles ‘Tickler’s Artillery’ and other emergency grenades

A SHORTENED NO.1 GRENADE WITH STREAMERS AND IRON FRAGMENTATION RING
COURTESY YORK MUSEUMS TRUST

At the start of the Great War, hand grenades made up a tiny part of the British arsenal. Belief that the infantry would focus on long-range fighting, where rapid, accurate small arms fire would be the critical factor, meant grenades remained a relative novelty.

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