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This is a very rare find from the battlefield a Italian 1915 pattern S.I.P.E. hand grenade which is a very nice condition relic.The grenade which is the outer casing only which is empty and inert the metal case has no holes only some surface rust and pitting it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and so rare to find. The grenade was in the Alps mountains which is why it is in such good condition well preserved in the ice on the Italian front battlefield of 1915-1918.
The grenade was Introduced in 1915, it’s a pretty cheap piece of kit, its cast-iron body sporting a predetermined fracture pattern – here’s a quick spin around the grenade – which, by all accounts, sometimes fractured as intended, and sometimes simply split in two.
The Italian front or Alpine front involved a series of battles at the border between Austria-Hungary and Italy, fought between 1915 and 1918. By October 1918, Italy finally had enough soldiers to mount an offensive. The attack targeted Vittorip Veneto, across the Piave. The Italian Army broke through a gap near Sacile and poured in reinforcements that crushed the Austro-Hungarian defensive line. On 31 October, the Italian Army launched a full scale attack and the whole front began to collapse. On 3 November, 300,000 Austro-Hungarian soldiers surrendered.