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No. 16 Oval Grenade


Fragmentation Hand Grenade (1915)


Infantry Small Arms / The Warfighter

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The British No. 16 Oval Grenade was nothing more than an attempt to improve upon the limited No. 15 Ball Grenade series during World War 1.



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The No. 16 Oval Grenade was a follow-up to the No. 15 Ball Grenade of 1915. The No. 15 series was developed for service in the Middle East Campaign and intended to shore up the shortcomings of the earlier No. 1 stick grenade line in service with the British Army when it entered the war. However, the No. 15 featured a temperamental fuse, large size, and limited fragmentation. The No. 16 adopted an oval shape which was handier to carry and limited the filling size making it fragment better. However, since it still relied on the same fuse system that the No. 15 series relied upon, the new grenade featured a carry-over shortcoming which led to its disuse along with the No. 15 before war's end in 1918.

Specifications



Service Year
1915

Origin
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United Kingdom

Classification


Fragmentation Hand Grenade


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Fire Support
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.


Action


Manually-Actuated; Thrown

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Caliber(s)*


Not Applicable

Rounds / Feed


Single-Use
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.


No. 16 Oval Grenade - Base Series Designation


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