First up then we have Mark 2 "pineapple" grenade (left), made by Remdul and Seth Soldier and a collection of M1 Garand rifle grenades plus the M3 knife (right), also made by Remdul and Seth Soldier.
The Mark 2 "pineapple" grenade was used by US forces from the 1920s into the 1960s, with some being used in the Vietnam War. To arm the grenade, you would have to hold down the handle on the side and pull out the safety pin. After letting go of the handle, it would fly off, setting off the 4 to 5 second fuse. The Mk 2 was, much like the No 36 grenade, the "mills bomb" a fragmentation grenade. Because fragments could reach further than you could throw it, the safe way to use the grenade was from behind cover.
Up next is the map "Lebisey", by Mr. Cheese.
One of the more ambitious goals of D-Day was the capture of the Normandy capital of Caen on the very first day. Soldiers from Sword Beach would advance the 15 kilometres along the Caen Canal, past the small town of Lebisey into Caen itself. As with many plans in wartime this one soon ran into problems. The British 3rd Infantry Division ran into the heavy defensive positions of the German 21st Panzer Division at Lebisey and the Allied advance was halted. For an entire month the front remained stationary, until on 8th July Operation Charnwood began...
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