This is a very rare blown apart section of a Number 15 British cricket ball hand grenade a large section of outer case it is empty and inert. This a near complete half section of the very famous early war British hand grenade it has cleaned up very well and still retains a fair bit of original colour it is rusty and relic condition but still very solid it is perfect for display or any collection and not the easiest of finds from the battlefield these days now. The grenade part was recovered near Loos from the area of the famous battle which was fought in 1915 in France.The grenade part comes with A5 laminated information card.
The Battle of Loos took place from 25 September – 8 October 1915 in France on the Western Front. It was the biggest British attack of 1915, the first time that the British used poison gas and the first mass engagement of New Army units. The French and British tried to break through the German defences in Artois and Champagne and restore a war of movement. Despite improved methods, more ammunition and better equipment, the Franco-British attacks were contained by the German armies, except for local losses of ground. British casualties at Loos were about twice as high as German losses. The twelve attacking battalions suffered 8,000 casualties out of 10,000 men in four hours. British casualties in the main attack were 48,367 and they suffered 10,880 more in the subsidiary attack, a total of 59,247 losses of the 285,107 British casualties on the Western Front in 1915. The losses of the German 6th Army are given as 29,657 to 21 September; by the end of October losses had risen to 51,100 men and total German casualties for the autumn battle(Herbstschlacht) in Artois and Champagne, were given as 150,000 men.
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