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Breda Hand Grenade Model 1935

Fragmentation Infantry Hand Grenade (1935)

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The Breda Hand Grenade Model 1935 was generally similar to the OTO model of 1935 and both used by the Italian Army of World War 2.

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In 1935, just prior to World War 2, the Italian Army adopted three infantry hand grenades under the Modello 35 ("Model 35") designation and these were then delivered through three Italian concerns - SRCM, OTO and Breda. The most successful - though tactically limited - became the SRCM Modello 35 while OTO and Breda each brought their own designs to the table. All used TNT filling with shattering bodies for fragmentation and all were produced in full-charge High-Explosive (HE), low-charge HE, practice and smoke variants. Full-charge versions were coated in all red while low-charge forms featured a red stripe. Practice versions were all-black.

The Breda design had more in common with the OTO offering than the SRCM. Overall weight was 200 grams with a 60 gram TNT filling. Length of each unit was 97mm with a 53mm diameter. The action was conventional, with a primary safety pin being removed prior to throwing. Once thrown, the safety cap fell from the grenade and pulled a safety rod, leading to the grenade's activation. The grenade then relied an impact-based detonation which proved unreliable. The fragmentation came from the lead shot fitted to a small lead ball within the body of the grenade.


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Fragmentation Infantry Hand Grenade

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

Overall Length
97 mm
3.82 in
Barrel Length
97 mm
3.82 in
Empty Wgt
0.44 lb
0.20 kg

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Manually-Actuated Safety; Friction-Based Detonation

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Model 1935 - Base Series Designation

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