Model 17 Stielhandgranate

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Model 17 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade

The Model 17 Stielhandgrante was the last stick grenade developed and used by German forces and the armies of Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire during World War One. The difference to the Model 16 was that the M17 had a slender warhead without lid. After the war this grenade was used by the Reichswehr until it was replaced in 1924 by the Model 24, which removed the star-shaped grip added to the base of the end cap and deleted the belt clip on the head. Several countries copied this type like Bulgaria and Finland (Varsikranaatti M32).



Type: Hand-grenade

Total Weight: 750 g

Weight explosives: 200 g

Total length: 360 mm

Explosive: Tolit

Igniter: time, friction

Fuse Time: 5.5 seconds

The Model 17 Stielhandgranate appears in the following films, television series, and video games used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Westfront 1918 Gustav Diessl Karl 1930
German soldiers
Hell on Earth German soldier 1931
Mountains on Fire Austrian soldiers 1931
Fighting Film Collection No. 3 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 3) German paratroopers 1941
Ivan Nikulin: Russian Sailor (Ivan Nikulin - Russkiy Matros) German soldiers 1944
Ryan's Daughter John Mills Michael 1970
The Lighthorsemen Turkish soldier 1987
The Quest A Turk smuggler 1996
The Red Baron German soldier 2008
War Horse Sebastian Hülk German soldier 2011
German troops


Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
Combat! Ricardo Montalban French Resistance leader Barbu S05E17 ("Cadjo") 1962-1967
German soldiers
Anzacs Alec Wilson Alec "Pudden" Parsons 1985
German soldiers
Lenin...The Train Young German soldier 1988

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Battlefield: 1918 2004
The Great War 1918 only as Geballte Ladung 2013
Verdun "Stielhandgranate M1917" with 6 and 9 warheads 2015

See Also

World War One Model 15   •  Model 16  •  Model 17
World War Two Model 24  •  Model 43

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