Ruin any herrenvolk for about a 30-yard radius

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

While in Egypt, Dunlap saw a demonstration of the then-new British bakelite grenades — two of which looked alike, but acted differently:

One was just a blast type, which could be thrown and disregarded if over a few yards away, and the other a vicious fragmentation type which could ruin any herrenvolk for about a 30-yard radius. They looked alike, so if an enemy saw one coming he had to take cover, while the thrower knew what he had and could throw a blast type and run up on the enemy position while the Kraut had his head down.

I’m surprised more gear isn’t designed with this in mind. “All warfare is based on deception.”


  1. Kirk says:

    Key thing about that homily, though? Ya gots to be sure and certain that the one you’re deceiving isn’t yourself…

    If I remember what I read, those grenades Dunlap is talking about were taken out of service because it was too easy to make the mistake of throwing the wrong grenade for what you wanted–In other words, it wasn’t just the Germans who were getting confused. The Brits were, too.

    Hell, the polyvalent grenades were taken out of service for the same reason–Under the pressure of combat, it was too hard to differentiate and select the mode you wanted. People would screw it up, and either not kill the enemy or they’d find themselves in their own kill radius.

    There are a lot of things that play out in the minds of the designers that just don’t work in reality. It all boils down to the Will Smith quote “I saw that going differently, in my mind…”. Performance only flows from ideation, not actual effect.

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