The Mills Grenade Collectors site.             

 Welcome to my Hand Grenade Web site, I collect British Grenades, My main interest is the Mills   Grenade as you will see from the following pages. I  also collect WW2 German Bombs, Bomb Fuses and S.O.E Items, I hope you find the site informative and best of all its free.

Experimentation pre-WWI by a Belgian designer named Roland led to the first self-igniting hand grenade.

The War Department believed their use in trench-warfare would be invaluable an engineer and designer named William Mills of Birmingham was asked to look at improving both the mechanism and means of manufacture.

Mills redesigned the grenade to make it safer and more efficient and decided to manufacture it by casting, By 1916 the Mills No.5 Mk 1 hand grenade was in wide scale production by many British contractors, including the Mills Manufacturing         Company in Birmingham.

During the course of WWI, some 75 million Mills grenades were manufactured in various Marks, William Mills was knighted for his services in 1922.

An improved variant of his grenade, the No. 36M Mk1, remained in service as the standard British hand grenade until 1972.

Some of the pictures I have borrowed from other Collectors & friends, These are marked with a Red. X  All the pictures are in high resolution so please be patient when loading a page, it will be worth it for the picture Quality.

 About me.

No5 Base Plugs From Mills Munitions and His Contractors from July 1915 To December 1915.

Stuart Macrae's "Toy Box".

 No5 Mk1 Grenades.    

 No5  Base Plugs.

 No23 Mk1,2,3 Grenades.

 No23 Base plugs.

 No36 Mk1 Grenades.

 No36 Mk1 Base plugs.

 No 36 M Mk1 Grenades.

 No36 M MK1 Base plugs.

 No36 Grenades, 1946 On.

 No36 Filler Screws.

 No36 Gas Checks.

 Mills Grenade Accessories.

 WW1 Grenades.

 WW2 British Grenades.

 SOE Resistance Items.

 German Bombs of WW2 

 German WW2 Bomb Fuses 

 Sectioned Bomb Fuses 

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