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ON7997

Original Italian WWII M35 Red Devil Grenade by BREDA - Bomba a Mano Mod. 35

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an Italian WWII Model 1935 grenade, offered in good condition with original paint. It has been deactivated to be completely inert according to BATF guidelines.

Officially called Italian Bomba a Mano Mod. 35, these were a series of high explosive hand grenades used by the Italian Army during World War II. There were three main variations, which were apparently developed more or less simultaneously and all have same numerical designation; M35. They are offensive types of thin sheet metal construction (mostly aluminum) with Always impact fuzes. Painted a vivid red and having a notorious reputation of being dangerous when found in an unexploded condition they were nicknamed "Red Devils" by the British during the 1941-42 desert campaigns.

This particular grenade was made by Breda Meccanica Bresciana, a manufacturing company founded by Ernesto Breda in Milan in 1886. They developed and manufactured Aircraft, Locomotives, as well as several models of machine guns used during the WWII Period.

Mod. 35 grenades are commonly identified by the manufacturer's company logo stamped on the grenade. The BREDA logo is embossed on the base of this grenade.  It still retains a good deal of the original red paint, and the base unscrews so that the interior can be examined. The steel "spoon" has suffered some rust due to age, but otherwise this is a really nice example of a hard to find grenade. Definitely a worthy addition to any WWII ordnance collection.

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