Original German WWII Nb-Hgr 39 Smoke Stick Grenade Dated 1940

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of an extremely rare NB.Hgr.39 or Nebelhandgranate 1939 German Stick Grenade. This excellent example, acquired from the family of a WWII veteran, has been demilitarized according to specifications by the BATF. The bottom cap unscrews which reveals the original pull string and porcelain bead. It still retains its original paint and the original markings can be seen on both the head and shaft of the grenade.

In 1939 the Stielhandgranate design was modified to create the Nebelhandgranate "smoke hand grenade". Smoke was used for masking protection from enemy fire and signaling. There were two variants, the Nb.Hgr.39 and the Nb.Hgr.39b The "b" version differs in that the handle, has raised ridges and an additional white band to aid in identification at night. The Nb.39 pot contained a mixture of zinc powder and hexachlorethane which produced a smoke cloud upon ignition. Holes in the bottom of the head provided an escape path for the smoke as it burned.

The warhead bears original paint including white paint that reads Nb. Hgr. 39 and code 162.41. The head has correct white paint bands for easy identification that it is a smoke grenade and not a traditional M1924 version. The head also has the correct ventilation holes on the underside.

The fine wood shaft bears a correct white paint band, tooled grip ridges, and a clear crisp marking ЯR 796 1940. This code corresponds to Peter Schlesinger, Metallwarenfabrik, Offenbach a.M. The company was founded by Peter Schlesinger (1859-1934) in 1885, and made accessories and spare parts for the bicycle and automotive industry. Their bicycle lights were sold under the brand "Radsonne" (bicycle sun). During WW2 they manufactured cleaning kits for small arms (Reinigungsgerät 34), Smoke handgrenades (Nebelhandgranaten), Stielhandgranate 24 and Stielhandgranate 43.

In WW2 the stick of the German M24 (Model 24) grenade provided a lever, significantly improving the throwing distance. The Model 24 could be thrown approximately 30 to 40 yards, whereas the British Mills bomb could only be thrown about 15 yards. The design also minimized the risk of the grenade rolling downhill back towards the thrower when used in hilly terrain or in urban areas. These grenades were extremely useful for clearing out entrenched infantry positions.

As grenades were disposable, encountering them on the market is very rare, especially with the original pull string and weight, making this an excellent opportunity to acquire one to complete a WW2 ordnance collection.

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