Model 43 grenade

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The Model 43 Stielhandgranate was a hand grenade introduced by the German Army mid-way through World War II to replace its earlier Model 24 stick grenade. Production was simplified and versatility enhanced by combining the explosive charge and fuse to form a self-contained unit.

Like its precursor, the Model 43 consisted of an explosive-filled sheet-metal can affixed to a solid wooden stick for throwing. With a combined explosive charge and fuse the grenade head could also be dismounted from its handle and used separately as a booby trap. It could also be modified into an anti-personnel fragmentation grenade by the addition of a Splitterring.

The Model 43 used the same BZE 39 fuse assembly as the egg-shaped Model 39 Eierhandgranate, which was screwed into the top of the explosive charge.

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