Roland Grenade

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Date:1914 - 1915 (c.)

Description:This is a section of the Belgian Army hand grenade used by Allied forces at the start of WW1; William Mills, who had settled in Edgbaston and owned engineering factories in the suburbs, accepted commissions to provide a safer model resulting in the standard 'Mills Bomb' grenade, of which about 75 million were produced during the conflict (4 million at the Mills Munitions factory).


Image courtesy of: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

Donor ref:BM&AG: 1972S2596 (89/1869)

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