INERT DEACTIVATED. British 1917 Dated No 34 Mark III Egg Hand Grenade. O 1537 - O 1537
INERT DEACTIVATED. The No 34 grenade (known as an 'egg' grenade due to the tear-drop shape of the body) was developed by the British and introduced in 1917 as a response to the small, lightweight German egg hand grenade, making it suitable for close trench warfare. The grenade operated with an internal percussion delay fuse mechanism. Their light weight allowed a number to be carried and easily thrown . the grenade has a cast iron body with 34 III 1917 (date) cast in to the side. The grenade has a brass percussion time fuse screwed into the top of the grenade and had two safety pins in the top of the body, one of which has a pulling ring. Maker stamped JL&Co.