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    Unknown grenade with pull fuze

    Good evening,


    I just received pictures of an unusual and unknown (at least for me) grenade with a pull fuze.

    Does somebody has more information ?

    Image1.jpg Image2.jpg Image3.jpg

    Cheers,

    S.

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    The only grenade I think it looks like is a Dubois. Swiss prototype from September 1916

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    It may be an earlier version with a friction fuse from before the version in the drawing emerged.
    Last edited by Millsman; 26th February 2020 at 11:23 AM.
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    The full Dubois patent attached.

    Sgdbdr - is the fuze like the German Kugel "percussion" fuze shown? It is of course a time fuze, ignited by a spring loaded striker and percussion cap, the striker released when the button is pulled fully up.
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    Last edited by Snufkin; 26th February 2020 at 12:01 PM. Reason: Percussion fuze pic added

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    Snufkin, I just got the info, the fuze is the Swiss "Maitret" percussion fuze. Seems Millsman is right with the Swiss hypothesis !

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    Some of Maitret's work in patents database : https://bases-brevets.inpi.fr/fr/doc...8e6d41de93faac

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgdbdr View Post
    Some of Maitret's work in patents database : https://bases-brevets.inpi.fr/fr/doc...8e6d41de93faac

    The Dubois patent is there in context.
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    Two of the drawings from the French patent showing the development of a striker-initiated time fuzed grenade.


    (Sgdbdr - thanks for the pointer to the Maitret fuze. That was new to me.)
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    Last edited by Snufkin; 26th February 2020 at 05:34 PM.

 

 

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