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GUNS AND THEIR HISTORY: MK 2 “PINEAPPLE” HAND GRENADE

June 10, 2019
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The Mk II/Mk 2 series fragmentation grenade was the standard American Army infantry hand grenade from 1918 until the 1960s. Perhaps better known as the “pineapple” grenade for its patterned grooved metal body, the Mk II served in the latter months of World War 1 and throughout World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and various other period conflicts during its operational tenure. Other operators went on to include the armed forces of Argentina, Chile, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.

The Mk II first appeared in 1918 and saw limited use in the Great War replacing the Mk I series hand grenade of 1917. The original Mk I was a product of American design and introduced in 1917. However, there were noted ignition issues with the mark forcing production to be halted and delivered grenades to be recalled en masse. Eventually, the Mk I series was dropped from service in 1918, replaced by the much improved Mk II series – leaving the Mk I as a footnote in American military history.

Outwardly, the Mk II grenade was of a traditionally accepted hand grenade design encompassing a fragmentation body attached to a percussion-cap-and-time-fuse-delay detonation system atop a tapered neck. A ring held a safety pin in place prior to the grenade’s activation. The time fuse delay ran for approximately five seconds after activation to which the operator would lob the device against an enemy. The body of the grenade was manufactured of iron and dotted by a pattern of protruding blocks which gave the grenade its unique appearance while also aiding in its handling. The internal contents of the grenade consisted of 2 ounces of TNT filling to which, once detonated, would shatter the iron body in every direction, causing massive fragmentation damage to everything and anything within the blast radius. Initial production forms utilized an igniting fuse system while later models gave way to a detonating fuse arrangement.

The initial production model became the Mk II of 1918 which was followed by the revised Mk IIA1 of 1942. By this time, America was fully committed to the war effort that was World War 2 and production of all war goods spiked substantially. The Mk IIA1 variant was differentiated by its lack of a bottom “filler” hole and used the M10A2 igniting fuse (as opposed to the M10A1 and M11 series seen prior). A “high-explosive” version – the Mk II HE – was then issued with an M5 detonating fuse while the Mk II FRAG-TNT was completed with the M6A4C detonating fuse. During the war 2, the grenade could also be equipped with stabilizer fins and a tube body for firing from the muzzle of service rifles equipped with the M7 adapter, this configuration giving the standard infantryman a broader tactical reach against dug-in foes. The Mk II/ Mk 2 series served on until its circulation reach was minimized, ultimately replaced by more modern and efficient hand grenade types the world over. In April of 1945, the Mk II series (note Roman numerals) was redesignated as the “Mk 2”. The variants naturally followed suit in the US Army inventory, each dropping their Roman numeral identifiers.

The Mk II series was eventually replaced in the American inventory by the smooth-sided (and decidedly egg-shaped) M26 series of the 1950s.

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source: www.militaryfactory.com

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VIDEO ASSEMBLY TUTORIALS: 98K CARABINE, GERMANY 1935

May 25, 2019
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98K CARABINE, GERMANY 1935

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We released a new resource for our fans of DENIX replicas. They often ask us to develop replicas of more dynamic and realistic weapons.

We work hard to achieve this and we always preserve the safety of replicas that are 100% harmless. Our replicas have mechanisms that make the experience more dynamic and real, but this entails that our fans try to personalize and customize them by making them their own. Enjoying their replicas and the experience with their stories.

You already know that in DENIX we strongly discourage the manipulation of our models to modify or alter both their appearance and their functionality. And we decline any responsibility for the result of the changes made by the customer in any of our original models.

But many of you do it and you ask us how to mount or dismantle our weapons. We think that this video tutorial can help you. And so become experts among the fans of our historical weapons replicas.

Hope you enjoy it.

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GUNS AND THEIR HISTORY: Thompson submachine gun

May 13, 2019
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Thompson submachine gun, byname Tommy gun, submachine gun patented in 1920 by its American designer, John T. Thompson. It weighed almost 10 pounds (4.5 kg) empty and fired .45-calibre ammunition. The magazine was either a circular drum that held 50 or 100 rounds or a box that held 20 or 30 rounds.
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WAR CURIOSITIES: MEN AND WEAPONS. A DAY OF FIGHTING BEYOND THE RHINE

April 24, 2019
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March 1945. World War II comes to an end. Not far from the border with Germany, in an American camp located a few kilometers from the Rhine, the clatter of several tanks’ engines of several tanks roar. Steel monsters whose sturdy greenish skin glows dimly due to the morning dew. A handful of Sherman tanks get ready to cross the mighty German river. In front of them, a tall, immature, novice soldier holds a newly released M3 submachine gun in his hands; hardly been used during the basic instruction period, the weapon presents an impeccable state. He can barely conceal his curiosity and fascination, with his gaze fixed on those tanks. He has never joined a battle. Neither he’s had the privilege of seeing the popular Shermans in action.
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WAR CURIOSITIES: A FIGHT TO THE DEATH IN THE REICHSTAG

April 22, 2019
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Berlin, last days of April 1945. The Third Reich is dying. As well as one of its most symbolic buildings: the Reichstag. Germany’s capital, surrounded by the Red Army, looks like a nightmare. Apocalyptic and infernal scenario of fire and destruction. Colossal smoke columns erupt where fire still consume what little remains to be burnt in Berlin.
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VIDEO ASSEMBLY TUTORIALS: M1928 SUBMACHINE GUN, USA 1918

March 30, 2019
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In this video you will learn how to assemble and disassemble your Denix M1928 submachine gun. The M1928 automatic submachine gun designed by John Taliaferro Thompson in 1918 was adopted in 1938 by the United States Armed Forces serving during World War II and later in the Korean War as well as in early instances of the Vietnam War. It was the favorite of soldiers, criminals, police and civilians for their ergonomics, compact size, reliability, high firing rate in automatic mode and for their ammunition .45 ACP. It had a straight magazine of 20 cartridges or a magazine loader of 50-100 cartridges.
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GUNS AND THEIR HISTORY: LIBERATION OF BELGRADE

March 11, 2019
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After the invasion of Yugoslavia by the Axis in April 1941, Belgrade remained as the capital of the occupied Serbia and various movements of resistance arose: Partisans and Chetniks assumed the fighting to the German army. 

By 1943, the Partisan Army under Tito’s command was controlling more than half of the territory of the old Kingdom of Yugoslavia. 
At the end of September 1944, the 2nd Panzer Army was in Belgrade with no possibility of starting a counterattack, and retracted to Croatia.

On October 12, the Red Army and Partisans broke the enemy resistance in the south of Belgrade and approached it two days later. The Yugoslavs advanced towards the city from the south of the Sava River, while the Red Army participated in the fighting in the north. The eviction of the city was made by urban battles fought in the main buildings, where the Germans had become strong. The assault on the city was delayed due to the diversion of forces to eliminate the resistance of thousands of enemy soldiers, surrounded between Belgrade and Smederevo.

Finally on 20 October, Belgrade was completely liberated by the Yugoslav and Soviet forces.

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GUNS AND THEIR HISTORY: HIROSHIMA

February 11, 2019
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On Monday, August 6, 1945, the Little Boy nuclear weapon was released on Hiroshima. Some military camps were in the vicinity, including the headquarters of the Fifth Division and those of the Second General Army of Field Marshal Hata Shunroku, who commanded the defense of the entire southern part of the country.

The Little Boy bomb was dropped at 08:15 a.m. and reached 55 seconds the height determined for its explosion, approximately 600 meters above the city. It is estimated that instantaneously the temperature rose to more than one million degrees Celsius, which burned the surrounding air, creating a ball of fire of 256 meters in diameter. In less than a second the ball expanded to 274 meters, the radius of total destruction was 1.6 kilometers, causing fires in 11.4 km².

Between 70,000 and 80,000 people, about 30% of the population of Hiroshima, died instantly, while another 70,000 were injured. 

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GUNS AND THEIR HISTORY: BATTLE OF EYLAU

February 7, 2019
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On the 7th and 8th, February 1807 the Battle of Eylau took place, between the forces of Napoleon I and the Russian army. 

After the battles of Austerlitz and Jena-Auerstädt, Napoleon occupied the German cities and marched eastward, entering Poland with little resistance. The battle began when the French forces moved forward to occupy the town of Eylau, where the Russian army was located. It quickly spread into a long and bitter confrontation that continued into the night.

At dawn there was almost no visibility and the dense storm clouds continued throughout the day. The enemy forces occupied two parallel crests, and shortly after 8:00 they began the artillery duel.

After 14 hours of continuous battle, the Russian army began to retreat stealthily, but the French did not realize it until 4 hours later and were not in a position to initiate the persecution. Technically, the French have gained possession of the battlefield, but they had suffered enormous losses and failed to destroy the Russian army. 

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GUNS AND THEIR HISTORY: AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

December 28, 2018
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On September 17, 1862, the battle of Antietam (or Battle of Sharpsburg) took place. It was the first major armed confrontation of the American Civil War that occurred in northern territory and is the bloodiest in the history of the United States that was fought in a single day, with almost 23,000 casualties.
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