The "Miracle of Dunkirk" was a critical event in northern France during World War II, where British and French forces faced the threat of total annihilation by German and Allied forces. In their hasty escape, they had to leave behind valuable anti-tank guns. This put immense political and industrial pressure on Britain, as they feared a German invasion. As a result, various programs were initiated to provide basic weapons to a wide range of users, from frontline troops to the Home Guard and civilians, to defend the nation.
To compensate for the lost anti-tank guns, the "No. 73 Grenade" was introduced as an affordable and effective anti-tank solution. This cylindrical grenade could destroy up to 2 inches of armor, making it capable of dealing with enemy light tanks and similar vehicles, albeit at close range due to its limited throwing distance of less than 15 yards. Despite these limitations, there was high demand for the No. 73 grenade, and it proved to be a valuable asset.
Year of Service: 1940
Manufacturer: State Factory - UK
Ability to suppress enemy elements at a distance using direct or indirect fire.
Designed to engage at long range and defeat armored/enemy tanks.
Overall Length: 280mm (11.02 at)
Run Length: 280mm (11.02 at)
Cured weight: 4.41 lbs (2 kg)
No. 73 Mk I - Production Model of 1940N73 - Alternative Designation