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June 16, 2004

Gunner was pretty close!

He originally thought the picture below was two grenades in a display. It was a blow-up of two grenades, and a launcher, in a display.

On the left, an uncut US Vivien-Bessiere grenade. On the right, a cut-away French V-B, behind, a US 'tromblon' V-B launcher. You can tell it's US because it twists to lock around the front sight, vice the French launchers, which slip on straight and use a locking ring. In this case (not as obvious) it's for a US M1917 Enfield rifle, and was a Chateau Thierry battlefield recovery.

If you've the time or a fast connection, here's a high-res shot.