Original Rare U.S. WWII O.S.S. Issue T13 Beano Grenade Manufactured by Eastman Kodak Company - Inert

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Totally inert and non-functional, this is an original rare WWII T-13 "Beano" hand grenade, offered in great condition. The T-13 was an experimental hand grenade developed by the Office of Strategic Services (which later became the CIA) in the latter years of WW2. The grenade is marked EKC on the body and FUZE, T5, indicating the manufacturer, the Eastman Kodak Company. It is also marked GRENADE T13 COMP A in yellow on the side, indicating that "composition A" explosive was used.

This example is offered in excellent condition, and is only the third example that we have ever had.

The concept for the BEANO hand grenade was that a spherical grenade the size and weight of a common baseball would be effective in the hands of American troops. The designers believed that by emulating a baseball that any American young man should be able to properly throw the grenade with both accuracy and distance.

The final design for the T-13 hand grenade utilized a pressure trigger as well as an in-flight arming device. The grenade was designed to be thrown as a traditional baseball, and as such it was held with two fingers on a weighted and knurled "butterfly cap" and the arming pin was removed. Once thrown, the cap detached from the body of the grenade and a length of nylon string unwound until a secondary arming pin attached to the far end of the cord was pulled, arming the grenade to detonate upon impact with a hard surface. While the original design called for a 5.5 oz total weight, it was later decided that this was too light and the weight was increased to 12 oz.

The Beano Grenade used a pressure trigger to detonate and explode on contact with hard surfaces. U.S. soldiers fighting during the Second World War were taught to throw the grenade like a traditional baseball. Soldiers would even hold the grenade the same way a pitcher would hold a baseball when throwing a "knuckle ball."

Several thousand Beano Grenades were shipped to Europe during the Second World War and U.S. soldiers used them during the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944. However, the grenades were quickly recalled and taken out of service after several of them prematurely detonated and killed U.S. troops.

At the end of the Second World War, the U.S. military’s supply of T-13 Beano Grenades was ordered destroyed and files pertaining to the weapon were classified. Today, the Beano Grenade is a rare and highly prized artifact from the Second World War.

Totally inert and cannot be converted to an explosive device.

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