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Whatziss, solved!

Eric was very close - and Frank, building on Eric's work, finally bridged the last tiny gap.

The plate was used by German Stormtroops to pull the fuzeloops not of the Steilhandgranaten - stick grenades, but rather the wire loops of the egg grenades.

German Egg Grenade with wire puller plate.

In other words - like this.

Well done guys - it wasn't an easy one, it's not a well known, nor very common, piece of kit. As far as I know - until I posted these pics - the website that Frank found was the only other place you could find a picture of this - in far worse shape than that in the Arsenal of Argghhh!


Why does throwing eggs at politicans come to my mind? wd btw Eric and Frank.
Ah, now I see. I betcha a sufficiently ept Stormtrooper could manage one exploding, 3 or so in the air, and one raring back to throw, using one of those. That would "keep up the skeer", as Forrest put it.