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  • Red Devil Handgrenade: Why Red?

    All the armed forces of WWII painted their hand grenades some kind of a military olive drab, except the Italians who painted their hand grenades this crazy bright red color. Why?


    "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

  • #2
    Red is for danger? Aren't training grenades always yellow...?
    Wisdom is personal

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Karri View Post
      Red is for danger? Aren't training grenades always yellow...?
      Blue
      My worst jump story:
      My 13th jump was on the 13th day of the month, aircraft number 013.
      As recorded on my DA Form 1307 Individual Jump Log.
      No lie.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Karri View Post
        Red is for danger? Aren't training grenades always yellow...?
        Training grenades are available in bright red, blue and yellow, presumably depending on the standards applied by which ever force purchases them

        http://blankfiringgrenade.co.uk
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
          All the armed forces of WWII painted their hand grenades some kind of a military olive drab, except the Italians who painted their hand grenades this crazy bright red color. Why?

          Red for danger??
          'By Horse by Tram'.


          I was in when they needed 'em,not feeded 'em.
          " Youuu 'Orrible Lot!"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Karri View Post
            Red is for danger? Aren't training grenades always yellow...?
            Ours were not,just the usual drab. lcm1
            'By Horse by Tram'.


            I was in when they needed 'em,not feeded 'em.
            " Youuu 'Orrible Lot!"

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            • #7
              Red was the Italian ordnance code for "high explosive" during this time
              Inert grenades were painted black or left unpainted
              Practice grenades containing a smaller charge were white with a small red band around the middle

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              • #8
                According to me ,the most beautifully designed grenades of this era .Tells a lot about the Italian school of design from the 50's and 60's.
                That rug really tied the room together

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                • #9
                  Certainly don't seem to be practice
                  From a history of The King's Dragoon Guards in WW2

                  The King's Dragoon Guards at Tahag Camp started to receive their armoured cars, and to hand over their light tanks, during January, when they were suddenly asked to send a squadron up to the desert at once to relieve the 11th Hussars. 'B' Squadron , under Major Crossley, left Tahag on 27 January 1941 and reached the regimental headquarters of the 11th Hussars at Mechili in Libya on 2 February, having suffered their first casualty when Trooper Lamour kicked and exploded one of the small red italian hand grenades which littered the desert.
                  See also the opening of the following

                  http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/2241...-british-army/
                  Last edited by MarkV; 17 Apr 16, 12:18.
                  Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                  Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                  • #10
                    You're member there MK 5?
                    Cause I am too,even if I didn't paid a visit for months..
                    That rug really tied the room together

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sebfrench76 View Post
                      According to me ,the most beautifully designed grenades of this era .Tells a lot about the Italian school of design from the 50's and 60's.
                      Yea, and they worked about as well as a Fiat (aka Failed Italian Automotive Technology) or Lancia did which is to say unreliably, poorly, and often burst into flames...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                        Yea, and they worked about as well as a Fiat (aka Failed Italian Automotive Technology) or Lancia did which is to say unreliably, poorly, and often burst into flames...
                        Funny that - Fiat produced one of the best fighters of WW2 - the Fiat G 55 Centauro which continued to be produced and exported post war
                        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MarkV View Post
                          Funny that - Fiat produced one of the best fighters of WW2 - the Fiat G 55 Centauro which continued to be produced and exported post war
                          Fiat and Lancia made cars that made British Leyland products look like winners...

                          http://www.brit.ca/~tboicey/comics.html

                          Leylandgnügen: The joy of being towed.

                          Or, Lucas electrics...

                          If Lucas made guns, wars would not start,"
                          The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark."
                          Lucas is the patent holder for the short circuit.
                          Lucas - Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
                          Lucas - Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
                          The three position Lucas switch - Dim, Flicker and Off.
                          The Original Anti-Theft Device - Lucas Electrics.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lcm1 View Post
                            Red for danger??
                            To warn the recipient about danger?

                            "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
                            --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MarkV View Post
                              Funny that - Fiat produced one of the best fighters of WW2 - the Fiat G 55 Centauro which continued to be produced and exported post war
                              Just read up on the G 55. Sounds like a fine aircraft. Its a good thing that so few were produced.
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