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    New Book - Mills Grenade Development 1915-1918

    A heads up!

    I've just placed an advert in Classifieds for my New Book - Mills Grenade Development 1915-1918.

    It starts on the 2nd January 1915 when Mills receives a letter from the War Office asking if he was interested in making the Belgian Roland grenade. It then follows a day by day timeline describing - often in Mills own words - the development of the Mills grenade, the problems encountered, testing and the first contract. It then again in a timeline follows operational issues, through to the introduction of the No 23 and the No 36.

    The book is A4 size 142 pages fully illustrated.

    New Mills Book Cover only.jpg
    Author of 'British Rifle Grenades of the Great War' and 'Mills Grenade Development 1915-1918'.

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    Looks like a must have for the bookcase

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    Money sent, looking forward to it.

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    Already ordered and looking forward to its arrival. Thanks John

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    looks good! should buy a copy soon mate don't suppose you've further volumes in the works covering later development of the Mills? I'm especially interested in the Mills post-WW2 but I've not found much info around...
    Last edited by batonroundcollector; 9th November 2020 at 08:38 PM.
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    I think it would be a fairly slim volume. It's not a period I've researched but from general memory the main changes post WW2 were to detonators, boxes / tubes for carriage and the odd webbing carrier for individual grenades on the soldier. The main volume production ended around 1966, with tests carried out in 1970 (no doubt against the L2 and other grenades of the time), with the last grenades being made in 1972. You have to remember that post war the L2 series started to emerge in the 1960s and they ran parallel for a while.

    All the real development work was done in the Great War. The No. 36 was the enduring design.
    Author of 'British Rifle Grenades of the Great War' and 'Mills Grenade Development 1915-1918'.

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    yeah I guess so... there is all the (still ongoing?) foreign use though/foreign accessories etc... I have just sent you payment for copy your book mate, look forward to it
    Last edited by batonroundcollector; 10th November 2020 at 12:58 PM.
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    Again I've not looked into it closely but India* were the main users up to the early 2000s, where the used the 36 with short spigot in a modified Burn type cup. I've seen some photos but never seen one in 'person'. Hard to get items. Original British supplied 36s turned up in the Gulf Wars used by Iraq. A version, has also been found in Somalia, but the origins seem to be unknown, though the body looks to be similar to South African Mills.

    The book is being posted tomorrow.

    * I did write to the Indian Embassy but they didn't reply!
    Author of 'British Rifle Grenades of the Great War' and 'Mills Grenade Development 1915-1918'.

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    I have an Indian Mills det tin dated 2009 so seems they were still using them then? interested in the Israeli No.4 Mills. I did have some No.4s (albeit painted up to look like Brit WW2 grens) and a 1972 last production Mills in the collection but sold them now... would like some post-war marked-up Brit Mills. look forward to the book mate
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    I really think it was about time someone did some research and wrote something on the Mills grenade and ime sure you will be having to reprint your book so well done and thank you John.

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