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Model 1917 Eihandgranate (Egg Grenade / Mle 1917)


Fragmentation Hand Grenade


Imperial Germany | 1917



"Development of this German Egg Grenade began in 1916, producing the Model 1917 a year later."

Physical
The physical qualities of the Model 1917 Eihandgranate (Egg Grenade / Mle 1917). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
Manually-Actuated; Thrown
Action
Not Applicable
Caliber(s)
Single-Use
Feed
Not Applicable.
Sights
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Model 1917 Eihandgranate (Egg Grenade / Mle 1917) Fragmentation Hand Grenade family line.
Model 1917 Eierhandgranate - Base Series Designation.
Type 1 - Smooth body casing
Type 2 - Beveled body ring for improved fragmenting upon detonation.


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The hand grenade truly came into its own as an infantry weapon during World War 1 (1914-1918). The Germans initially relied on their line of Model 24 Stielhandgranate ("stick grenade") from 1915 onwards until 1917 when the Model 1917 Eihandgranate ("Egg Grenade") was introduced. The new grenade model was given a much handier size and weight which allowed more to be carried and throw farther by the operator. It featured a smooth outer casing which housed the explosive filling and delay fuse with a pull wire loop protruding from its top. Overall length was 60mm with a diameter reaching 50mm. Different fuse types were experimented with.

The German Army eventually adopted two different forms of the Model 1917. The first featured a smooth cast body while the second was given a fragmenting ring across its diameter to improve fragmentation during detonation. The introduction of the Model 1917, and its usefulness in the field, prompted the British to develop and issue a similar egg-shaped grenade in the "No.34" series of 1917.

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