WW1 No 5 Mills Grenade

WW1 Mills Grenade no5 , Relic

WW1 No 5 Mills Grenade

£60.00

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£60.00

WW1 Mills Grenade no5 , Relic

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Description

WW1 No 5 Mills Grenade  Mills Munitions co Birmingham Grenade, came out in November 1916, introduced in 1915.

This is a relic piece and comes with no base plug, or sping clip. but is still not in bad condition .

 

Mills bomb” is the popular name for a series of British hand grenades. They were the first modern fragmentation grenades used by the British Army and saw widespread use in the First and Second World Wars.

An officer of the British Salonika Army demonstrates how to “lob” a Mills bomb during the First World War

William Mills, a hand grenade designer from Sunderland, patented, developed and manufactured the “Mills bomb” at the Mills Munitions Factory in Birmingham, England, in 1915.[1] The Mills bomb was inspired by an earlier design by Belgian captain Leon Roland, who later engaged in a patent lawsuit.[2] Col. Arthur Morrow, a New Zealand Wars officer, also believed aspects of his patent were incorporated into the Mills Bomb.[3] The Mills bomb was adopted by the British Army as its standard hand grenade in 1915 as the No. 5.[4]

The Mills bomb underwent numerous modifications. The No. 23 was a No. 5 with a rodded base plug which allowed it to be fired from a rifle. This concept evolved further with the No. 36, a variant with a detachable base plate for use with a rifle discharger cup. The final variation of the Mills bomb, the No. 36M, was specially designed and waterproofed with shellac for use in the hot climate of Mesopotamia in 1917 at first but remained in production for many years.[4] By 1918 the No. 5 and No. 23 had been declared obsolete and the No. 36 (but not the 36M) followed in 1932.

The Mills was a classic design; a grooved cast iron “pineapple” with a central striker held by a close hand lever and secured with a pin.

WW1 No 5 Mills Grenade

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