Saturday 9 April 2016

Wounded by a Rifle Grenade.

Lieutenant Rex

Sunday 9th April 1916: Rifle grenades, as their name suggests, are grenades fired from rifles. The grenade looks a bit like a lollypop as it is fitted with a six-inch long “stick” which does down the barrel of the rifle. When the rifle is fired with a blank cartridge the grenade is propelled a greater distance than it could be thrown. This gives infantry, in effect, a light, portable mortar. It is reported that rifles have to be dedicated to this purpose as the rod damages the barrel making them useless for firing bullets with any accuracy.

Lime ordinary grenades, those on sticks are not always reliable. A few days ago Lieutenant Rex and three other ranks of the 1st Bedfords were injured by a rifle grenade with exploded prematurely.

Source: X550/2/5

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