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Hand grenades, arming troops for centuries, took a variety of unusual forms in the hands of soldiers throughout the course of World War II. The Japanese military fielded two hand thrown grenades- one designed to punch through tank armor and the other a last ditch weapon of the Japanese homeland.

With the steady degradation of the Japanese munition manufacturing base by U.S. bombing, manufacturers turned to increasingly novel and unusual designs/construction methods especially in the Type 3 and Type 4 grenades.

The Type 3 grenade was designed to defeat Allied tanks with a tear drop-like shape charge mounted on a wooden standoff head.

The hand thrown Type 3 grenade was rather odd appearing because the outside of the body was a bag of either silk or hemp twine. The twine also created a tail-like skirt that trailed behind the grenade to help stabilize its flight toward the target.

As the Japanese people prepared for an expected invasion, lack of resources meant mass-production could not meet war time needs and in a last ditch effort potters were pressed into service to create the body of the Type 4 anti-personal grenade.

Carried with a lanyard, the simple round terra-cotta or porcelain pot was filled with explosive. Like the most primitive explosive device, the Type 4 was ignited by a friction fuse plug and scratch block. A rubber cap is removed and the friction plug struck against the scratch block, setting a five second delay fuse, giving time to hurl the pottery grenade at invading forces.

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Comment by Larry on July 11, 2010 at 11:07pm
LOL! Tome, they could combine pottery and chemistry class.
Comment by Tome Wilson on July 11, 2010 at 10:09pm
Sounds like something to try at pottery class.
Comment by Cap'n Tony on July 7, 2010 at 8:51pm
Desperate Times indeed. The Imperial Japanese continue to amaze me with their wackily effective innovations.
Comment by Larry on July 7, 2010 at 7:58pm
Holy crap. They look like they were more likely to go off in your hands before you could even throw them.

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