RG-42 hand grenade

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RG-42 Soviet fragmentation hand grenade

The RG-42 was a fragmentation grenade designed in the Soviet Union during WWII, when production was not sufficient to supply the original pre-war hand grenades. It was essentially a redesign of the short-lived RG-41 grenade to use the UZRGM universal grenade fuze, also used on the F-1 hand grenade and later the RGD-5. The production is a very simple design compared to the complicated RGD-33 stick grenade. After the war the grenade continued to be produced in Poland and China: it was eventually replaced in Soviet use by the RGD-5, starting in 1954.

Specifications

  • (1942 - 1954, all remaining examples destroyed in the 1980s due to unstable TNT filler)
  • Type: Offensive hand grenade
  • Length: 130 mm
  • Weight: 384 g (420 g with fuze), filler 200g TNT
  • Blast radius: 30 meters
  • Fuze: UZRGM universal time fuze, 3-4 seconds.

The RG-42 hand grenade and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film:

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Turning Point (Velikiy perelom) Vladimir Maryev Lt. Fyodorov 1945
Victorious Return (Majup ar uzvaru) Pavel Volkov Melnikov 1948
Five Days, Five Nights (Fünf Tage - Fünf Nächte) Soviet soldier 1961
Spring (Kwiecien) Franciszek Pieczka Pvt. Anklewicz 1961
The Orphans (Podranki) 1976
From the Bug to the Vistula (Ot Buga do Visly) Soviet partisans 1980
Captive (Plennyy) Seen among captured firearms 2008

Anime

Title Character Note Date
First Squad: The Moment of Truth 2009



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