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Japanese Pottery Fragmentation Hand Grenade
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Late in the war the Japanese military developed ceramic hand grenades in response to shortages of metal and the destruction of factories by American bombing raids. The ceramic grenades were produced in batches in kilns, filled with powder, and fitted with a blasting cap detonator or fuse. They were distributed in quantities to both home defense forces and to military personnel, and were used on Iwo Jima, at Okinawa, and in other engagements. This example was formed in the style of the classic "pineapple" fragmentation grenade. It was finished with a red-brown glaze. It is in excellent condition and is free of chips or cracks.