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raquette petard

Pictured here is a raquette petard grenade. This is actually a question that was tossed around my other grenade group sometime ago. It resembles the German WW1 raquette petard (box petard) but does not have the hinged lid. This grenade actually sold on specialist auctions sometime ago and I suspected that it was German. Again, there is no hinged lid and just a hole for a simple type fuze. Almost every country used a petard raquette grenade at one time or another as an emergency stop-gap grenade until better ones could be mass produced. Someone had come up with the the idea that it was definately Austrian, and many other countries were suggested by different people. I still think it is a German grenade and was just looking for some general opinions here. I bid on it at the time, but had to "jump ship" when the price hit the ludicrous zone. The petard grenades have always intrigued me and I really wanted this one bad. As you can see is is a simple rectangular shaped tin simply nailed to the paddle type handle. The various stopgap grenades, especially the artisnal German sticks turned out for the Verdun offensive have held a special interest to me. Well here it is and all opinions, comments and the like very welcome. Dano


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Hi Dano,

why do you think this is German? I thought that the Germans had the most well developed grenades in 1914 of all the combatents and did not need such stop gap grens. Just my thoughts,

German Front Line, and Behind the Lines petard raquetttes

Hi Andy, I totally agree that the Germans had by far the most developed grenades of all combatents. Their "box petard" was an official grenade with a 206 gram explosive charge. In Delhommes GERMAN GRENADES of the GREAT WAR stated there were infinite variations generally made of ration tins loaded with black powder, bullets, hobnails, or scrap iron. A more elaborate petard (German) was made behind the lines. This model characterized by its percussion igniter and "hinged fastener" (door) on one end of the can came in several sizes, some 70cm long and containing 1 kilogram of explosive (sometimes nicknamed hairbrush). Yes, even the Germans had their version of the emergency or "stopgap" grenade when shortages dictated the situation, and thats not even taking into account the Verdun Offensive where grenades were at such a shortage, the Germans had artisnal shops making stick grenades out of plumbing pipe fittings and just about anything that could be transformed into a hand grenade. These Artisnal Sticks were made for the Verdun Offensive only and ALL were made in 1916. Dano
Reference: GERMAN GRENADES OF THE GREAT WAR by Patrice Delhomme pages 11 and 19
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box grenade

Hi Grenadier,
Thanks for showing the diagram of the grnd, it seems to have the same type of fuze as the No 12 british hair brush grnd.
German WW1 petard

Found this old pic of a German throwing the petard grenade. Dano


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