The word "grenade" comes from the Spanish granada ("pomegranate"), in reference to the general size of early grenades, and because its shrapnel pellets reminded soldiers of the seeds of a pomegranate. Grenadiers were originally a class of soldier specialized in throwing grenades. A WWII-era pineapple fragmentation hand grenade A hand grenade is a hand-held bomb designed to be thrown by hand. ... A riot control agent is a type of lachrymatory agent (or lacrimatory agent). ... French mobile gendarmes doing riot control. ... A hand grenade is a hand-held bomb, made to be thrown by a soldier. ... The LXR-6 is a concussion grenade used by the rebel alliance, the empire, the seperatists and the clones of the republic. ... A hand grenade is a hand-held bomb, made to be thrown by a soldier. ... Shrapnel is the collective term for fragments and debris thrown out by an exploding shell or landmine. ... A grenade launcher is weapon that fires or launches a grenade to longer distances than a soldier could throw by hand. ... Gendarmes guarding the Paris Hall of Justice Gendarmerie motorcyclists police the roads and autoroutes of rural France. ... The Carabinieri is the shortened (and common) name for the Arma dei Carabinieri, an Italian military corps of the gendarmerie type with police functions, which also serves as the Italian military police. ... The Koninklijke Marechaussee (KMar) (Royal Constabulary in English) is one of the four military bodies of the Netherlands. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of heraldic charges. ... Heraldry is the science and art of describing coats-of-arms, also referred to as achievements or armorial bearings. ... Species L. Balf. ... Shrapnel is the collective term for fragments and debris thrown out by an exploding shell or landmine. ... A Grenadier was originally a specialized assault trooper for siege operations, first established as a distinct role in the early 17th century. ...
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The use of tripwire-triggered grenades (along with Claymores and landmines in general) is banned under the Ottawa Treaty and may be treated as a war crime wherever it is ratified.
Classical "pineapple" grenades, such as the Mills bomb, used smokeless powder and cast-iron shells, which (in theory) would fragment along deliberately cast weak points in the shell—although the pattern on the grenade body was actually intended to allow the user to have a firm grip on the grenade.
This means that the grenade has to hit the vehicle at an exact right angle for the effect to work properly, which is usually achieved by the grenade deploying a small drogue parachute or fabric streamers after being thrown.
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