I wonder what it was whistling? Boom Bang a Bang perhaps?
If it was a hand grenade would that have worked? I have heard stories of soldiers diving on a grenade to save their comrades but most seem to be on the German ones which I don't think was a frag type. One account records that a "potato masher" land very close to a soldier but he survived with just being dazed after being unconscious for a while. I don't know about a Mills type.
A strange report. The 'device' may have been a marine marker or similar which contains a chemical that reacts to moisture by producing a gas. Emitted through a small hole this can make a whistling sound.
I was taught that there are two types of hand grenade, offensive and defensive. An offensive grenade is used when attacking , these produce blast but little else, after all you dont want to be caught up by your own shrapnel do you? Hence the phrase "hoist by your own petard". A petard was an early form of bomb. A defensive grenade produces a lot of shrapnel to do maximum damage to anyone assaulting a position.
I would have thought it would be the other way around because a defensive grenade is more likely to used against people close to you but an offensive will be thrown into enemy positions some distance away.
But I see the defensive ones are fragmentation because used from behind some sort of cover like a wall. Sounds very dodgy to me!
Are the various types of stun/acoustic grenades replacing the more deadly types? Safer in this day and age where collateral damage is avoided. Better to leave innocent civilians with a severe headache than splattered on the walls.
Peter Kirk wrote: Are the various types of stun/acoustic grenades replacing the more deadly types? Safer in this day and age where collateral damage is avoided. Better to leave innocent civilians with a severe headache than splattered on the walls.
So they can get a dodgy lawyer to sue the UK government for a few million pounds?