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
All Quiet on the Western Front John Wray Cpl. Himmelstoss 1930
German soldiers
Westfront 1918 Gustav Diessl Karl 1930
Fritz Kampers The Bavarian
Hans-Joachim Moebis The Student
Claus Clausen The Lieutenant
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
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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