Original French WWI Foug M1916 Inert Lemon Grenade with Fuse Cover - Citron modèle 1916

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is totally inert BATF compliant genuine World War One French Foug Mle 1916 "Citron" (Lemon) grenade in very good condition. It comes complete with the original galvanized steel fuze cover, and wood-mounted inert impact fuze. There is some rust on the body, but the fragmentation shape is still quite evident. The fuze and cover both remove, for inspection of the grenade interior.

These were made in large numbers, but very few survived until this day, due to the relative danger the design posed. Most that were not used in combat were destroyed, so finding them in any condition is quite rare. Ready to display!

World War I was a time of rapid development of explosive technologies, as well as a very large demand. Beginning around April of 1915, early in the conflict, French arms manufacturer Foug, in Meurthe et Moselle near Toul, began to produce simple grenade models for use in the war. These included copies of the famous German stick grenade, and two 'asparagus' grenades, a long and a short version, with pre-fragmented bodies and rudimentary wooden percussion ignition fuzes.

The Foug modèle 1916 citron grenade is an evolution of the 'asparagus' grenade design, mainly designed to reduce the weight and improve the fragmentation properties. The shape of the body was modified, as it had been found that the shape was more important than the grooves on the outside when related to proper fragmentation.

The ignition system on all of these grenades was rudimentary, with a percussion block moving inside a wooden plug equipped with a primer, and linked to a detonator. With no other safety device than a simple spring, the grenade was actually quite dangerous to handle. To prevent accidental detonation, relatively heavy fuse cap was installed.

The 'citron' (lemon) nickname was a common one for grenades, as the profile was easy to handle and exploded well. Despite the dangers involved with the ease detonation, this type of grenade was manufactured in large numbers. This was due more to ease of manufacturing than to any particular increase in effectiveness. The war effort needed grenades, and simple grenades such as this were easy to mass produce. Additionally, the grenade was sometimes mounted on a wooden block, and launched with a 'fusil Guidetti de 65mm'.

  • This product is not available for international shipping.
  • Not eligible for payment with Paypal or Amazon


Cash For Collectibles