Nebelhandgranate 39

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The Nebelhandgranate 39 ("fog hand grenade 39") is a smoke-producing version of the Model 24 Stielhandgranate, used by Nazi Germany throughout the Second World War. The weapon is essentially identical to the Model 24 in terms of construction, but instead of an explosive blast warhead, it is fitted with a head containing zinc oxide and hexachloroethane, emitting smoke through holes drilled into the base of the head.

The weapon's close resemblance to the Model 24 led to fears of soldiers accidentally throwing the wrong type of grenade (potentially very dangerous since the smoke produced contains toxic zinc chloride), and so the Nebelhandgranate 39 had completely different markings to the standard Model 24, including a distinctive white band around the middle of the handle. This proved inadequate when the soldier was not able to visually inspect the grenade before throwing (in confined spaces and at night, for example) and so late-war versions like the example image also had a series of ridges and grooves at the base of the handle so that a soldier could tell the two grenades apart by touch.

The Nebelhandgranate 39 appears in the following films and video games used by the following actors:

Nebelhandgranate 39. This is a later production model with grooves added to the handle so that it would not be mistaken for a Model 24 Stielhandgranate in the dark.



Title Actor Character Note Date
Soldier of Orange Fallschirmjäger 1977
Beyond the Border can be seen in Egil's bunker 2011
Fury German SS troops 2014

Video Games

Game Mods Notes Date
World War II Online: Battleground Europe 2005
Day of Defeat: Source 2001-2012
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 2006
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 2006
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad 2006
Day of Infamy Appears as "Nebelhandgranate" 2016

See Also

World War One Model 15   •  Model 16  •  Model 17
World War Two Model 24  •  Nebelhandgranate 39  •  Model 43

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