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Bizarre German Grenade-Throwing-Contraption, Somme

Article about: I came across this photo today and just had to share it with you guys...ever seen one of these before? I certainly haven't...! cheers, Glenn

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    It looks as if both pictures were taken in the same location. I think it is the same machine as well! Jim G.

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    I think I remember where I have seen these types
    of contraptions before----------
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    gregM
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    fascinating contraption glenn would this of been a two man operation ,one turning one releasing

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    Quote by Chopperman View Post
    Is it for throwing or is it possibly some sort of signal thingy?
    Greg
    Its a signal alright, a signal for comrades when spinning to dive into the nearest bunker lol! thanks for showing I've only seen pics of crossbows and catapults.

    Eric

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    Rather short lived endeavour if it failed to clear the top of the parapet though .........
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    Instructions:
    1) Light fuses
    2) Crank Handle
    3) Pull Release
    4) RUN!!!!
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

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    Hi Everyone

    Do you know that also the Italian in ww1 have an similar machine for handgranade launch.

    Lanciabombe Minucciani

    Lenticolare Minucciani

    BW...Sašo

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    Thanks for posting that I find these kinds of
    threads very interesting. This is part of why I
    like ww1 history.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    Wow. Not something I'd volunteer to operate either
    - or be anywhere near when armed.

    If it were remotely activated it might be safe to use,
    but there is too much room for error - especially
    when each of those things attached to the ends
    of the rods make a big 'boom'.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Hello Gents
    The piece shown by Glenn how do you think it was used? It would appear to have been tensioned by the handle and gearing then locked, the bags filled then fired the explosives leaving behind the safety pins?
    A chum sent me a pic last night showing another device, many thanks if its from a different forum or individual.

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