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Tango0117 Aug 2023 4:45 p.m. PST

"The American Mk 2 hand grenade is an iconic WWII weapon. The pineapple-shaped bomb has snuck into pop art and culture along with the B-52 bomber, the snubnosed revolver, and the Tommy Gun. We visualize the grenade as a terrifying modern weapon, using 20th century explosive technology, but primitive historical forms of the device may date back 1,000 years. How could grenades have been developed before the introduction of explosives?

Gunpowder, the first and most important historical explosive, was invented in China between the 9th and 11th centuries. The Chinese experimented for centuries with various forms of incendiary powders for fireworks, flaming arrows, and primitive rockets. However, it wasn't known to the Western world until the late 1200s. Around that time, Roger Bacon wrote of it in his great Opus Majus. Arab scholars first described it at nearly the same time…"

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42flanker18 Aug 2023 1:32 a.m. PST

Were firepots of various size and construction filled with a variety of material found used in across the Romano-Greek and Persian lands, prior to the Arab introit.

Legionarius18 Aug 2023 6:51 a.m. PST

42flanker +1 Yes indeed

Tango0118 Aug 2023 3:23 p.m. PST



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