How Did a Potato Masher Grenade Work?

Have you ever heard of a potato masher grenade? It is one of the most puzzling weapons, but it has an interesting history that can be traced back to World War II. Read on to find out how this weapon was made and how it worked in battle!

The potato masher grenade was a short-range anti-personnel explosive device used by the British Army in World War II. It consisted of a metal tube to contain the explosives, with the top partly closed and perforated with small holes. The bottom end was fitted with an impact fuse and handle, designed to be thrown at enemy troops as they advanced towards the thrower’s position.

In the United States, a potato masher grenade was a type of hand grenade used during World War II. The name is derived from its visual similarity to the kitchen tool known as a potato masher. It was designed with two internally grooved cylinders in an attempt to make it more reliable and safer than other grenades of that time period.

However, this design had many issues such as making the detonator too close to the explosive charge which caused soldier injuries when they attempted to throw them further than intended. This blog post will go over how this particular weapon worked and why it failed so miserably on the battlefields of Europe and Asia.

First off, what is a potato masher grenade?  A potato masher grenade was one of the most common grenades used by American troops in World War 1. It was so popular because it could be thrown further than other grenades and still pack a deadly punch. The design for this grenade would go on to see service again during World War 2 as well as Korea and Vietnam. This post will detail how these weapons worked and some history behind them.

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