Original German WWII Rare Tropical Afrika Korps DAK Issue M24 Stick Nb-Hgr Smoke Grenade Case - Dated 1942

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice condition original German World War Two Rare Tropical Afrika Korps DAK Issue stick smoke grenade carry case, complete with functional grip and locking assembly. It was designed to transport 15 Nb. 39 Nebelhandgranate ("smoke hand grenade") stick hand grenades. The case still retains all original features including wood carry handle, cross locking system, and has original Afrika Korps tan paint with white stenciling on the exterior and interior that reads:

15 Nebel-
für Tropen

Which translates to "15 Smoke Hand Grenades, For Tropics". The top of the case is maker stamped bpr and dated 1942. bpr represents Johannes Grossfuss, located in Döbeln/Sachsen, a metalworking business that produced parts for many guns.

The internal rack is not included.

An amazing rare case, offered in very good condition, not to be seen again!

History of the Nb. 39 Nebelhandgranate-
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 are two variants, the Nb.Hgr.39 and the Nb.Hgr.39b The "b" version differs in the handle, having 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 provided an escape path for the smoke as it burned.

History of the German Africa Corps
The Afrika Korps or German Africa Corps (German: Deutsches Afrikakorps, DAK) was the German expeditionary force in Africa during the North African Campaign of World War II. First sent as a holding force to shore up the Italian defense of
their African colonies, the formation fought on in Africa, under various appellations, from March 1941 until its surrender in May 1943. The unit's best known commander was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

The dry climate of Africa proved to be an issue with much of the standard leather field gear that the German Army usually used. It would dry out and crack quickly, and become unusable. To deal with this, the standard field gear such as belts, Y-straps, A-frames, bayonet frogs, and other items, were issued in special tropical web versions.
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