Grenade, Antipersonnel

A British No. 5 hand grenade which has been converted to act as a money box. A slot has been cut at one side to take money and the interior can be accessed through the base. The grenade has been painted black.
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This type of hand grenade known commonly as a 'Mills Bomb', was adopted by the British Army in 1915 and went on to become one of the best known of all British grenades. To use the grenade the safety pin was pulled while the lever was held down. Once the grenade was thrown the lever flew off and released the striker which fired the safety fuse. There was a five second delay before the detonator ignited and set off the high explosive charge.Its cast iron segmented body was designed to break into small pieces on detonation. This one was never detonated and was later converted into a money box.
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