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  • French citron foug grenade model 1916 near complete outer case nice relic condition recovered in 2011 from around Hill 304 and Malancourt area the March - May 1916 battle in Verdun

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    This is a nice and rare find from the battlefield which is French citron foug model 1916 fragmentation Grenade which is a near complete outer case just missing part of the bottom ring. The case has small rust holes no other real damage other then the bottom ring it is completely inert and empty it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. The grenade was recovered in 2011 from around Hill 304 and Malancourt area of the March - May 1916 battle which was the large German advance towards Verdun. A very nice French relic from the famous French defence of the Verdun battlefield during the early years of the war.

    In late February 1916, following German attacks on the right bank of the River Meuse during the Battle of Verdun, the French had established artillery batteries on the hills on the left bank commanding the opposite, right-hand bank. One of these was Le Mort Homme. These batteries caused such havoc that the Germans, belatedly, decided to attack southwards along the left bank of the river simultaneously. Their objective was Le Mort Homme and its neighbouring hills. Over the next few months, the Germans made repeated attacks, pounding the French lines, rushing their positions and ejecting the French from their wrecked trenches. French artillery would then pulverise the Germans and counter-attacks would drive them out again, the French infantry re-occupying the shell holes where the trench systems had been.

    Despite the terrible cost, the Germans were able to advance slowly, first capturing a neighbouring hill, Côte 304, which was dominating the approach to Le Mort Homme. Then, on 16 March, the Germans took Côte 265, labelled on their maps as Toter Mann (Le Mort Homme), but not on French maps. Finally, on 24 May, they took the second summit, Côte 295. 

    Battle of Verdun | Map, Casualties, Significance, & Facts | BritannicaTrench warfare during WWI forced new combat techniques -- including hand-thrown grenades. This photo  shows French soldiers, ca. 1916, preparing a case of grenades during a lull in combat.