View Full Version : Sticky Grenades??

12-14-2008, 06:18 PM
now im not sure if they are real but i bet most of u have seen saving private ryan . in that movie they used socks that they coveered with bearing grease to stick to tanks.now was there actually grenades used by the axis or allies that were issued and produced? the only thing i could figure out was that the british had the No 74 ST Grenade as shown herehttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/32/Grenade_Hand_No_74_The_Sticky_Bomb.jpg
help is appreciated!!

12-14-2008, 06:36 PM
Please clarify as to what you are asking...

Are you talking about anti-tank grenades in general? Or the impromptu "sticky-bombs?"

12-14-2008, 06:38 PM
sticky bombs. i dont have any questins about the anti tank grenades but i guess russian magnetic anti tank bombs would be sticky in a way.

12-14-2008, 06:41 PM
I remember a sticky bomb, by the English that had a sphere of Bee's wax on it,, protected by a metal cover till needed,, was for A.T. use as I recall, Walk up, stick the bomb in place, walk away. I dont think it was up to later tanks, but the early ones, maybe. It did look like the one pictured above, but the sticky part was nearly white in color. Beyond that, I've had some sticky buns, that landed with a thud Cinnamon is best.

12-14-2008, 06:53 PM
no sticky*

Rising Sun*
12-14-2008, 07:51 PM
N 74 ST Grenade
(Sticky Grenade)

Weight: 2 lbs. 4 ozs.
Fuze: Time
Delay: 5 sec.

The N 74 Grenade (Sticky Bomb) was designed as an anti-tank grenade and was disliked by everybody who ever came across it.

The grenade consisted of a glass ball on the end of a bakelite (plastic) handle. Inside the glass ball was an explosive filling whilst on the outside was a very sticky adhesive covering. Until used, this adhesive covering was encased in a metal outer casing.

Due to the use of glass in this grenade, they were fragile and travelled badly. Quite often the glass would crack in transit, causing the explosive to start leaking out. This explosive which leaked out was not very sensitive to friction but was very sensitive to impact and detonation could occur if the exposed explosive received a blow due to careless handling.

To use the grenade, you remove the case release pin (not the pin marked 'DANGER'). This allows the metal protective casing to fall free, exposing the adhesive coating. You then grip the handle and safety lever and remove the safety pin (marked 'DANGER'). The grenade is now ready to either throw or attach to the target.

This is where the sticky bomb is most dangerous! Whilst attempting to throw it, the grenade could stick to the wearers' clothing!

If the thrower has not let go of the safety lever, he has to try and remove the item of clothing without letting go of the lever.
If the thrower has let go of the lever, he has 5 second to remove the item of clothing and get a safe distance away from the bomb.
When this happened, it tended to end up stuck to the throwers' trousers - with the uniform which was worn at the time, to remove his trousers (which were held up by braces) the thrower would have to remove any equipment (belt, ammunition pouches, etc.) followed by his Battle Dress blouse (jacket). He would then have to try and take his trousers off over his boots - all in less than 5 seconds!
You may ask why the thrower could not just pull the grenade off of his clothing. They could try this but the adhesive coating was designed to allow the grenade, which weighed 2 lbs (1 Kg), to stick to the side of a tank.

Extract from training manual:
This grenade has been introduced for use against light A.F.Vs. It is designed to stick to a suitable target, thus ensuring that the high explosive has its maximum effect. The grenade will NOT stick should the surface be wet or muddy.

The grenade is suitable for use at road blocks, positions of ambush, or for dropping from upstairs windows on to tanks.

Although the effect of the explosion is localised, the thrower must take cover owing to the blast.

For night raids on tank parts, the grenade is an ideal weapon. It can be regarded as a portable demolition charge and planted by hand instead of thrown, so long as the operator retreats in such a direction that he is protected from the explosion. With practice and training, the grenade can be thrown up to about 20 yds. http://www.home-guard.org.uk/hg/gren74.html