Why could using discarded grenades be dangerous?
- Visit the resource and click on “fullscreen” under the book.
- Type in “grenade” in the book’s search box. This will give you three indicators at the bottom of the online book reader:
Mousing over these dots will show some text. You want the section where you see “Just after the Marine picks up the grenade, a fire fight starts …” Here you’ll read:
A Marine on an operation in a jungle area picks up an M-26 fragmentation grenade, “dropped by some guy in the squad,** he thinks. A member of a patrol steps through a hole in a hedgerow. An Army engineer on a morning sweep of Highway 1 begins to check the same 10 potholes in the blacktop road he’s been sweeping for a week, when somebody in the waiting column of trucks honks his horn impatiently. What do all of these men have in common? They’ll all be dead in a matter of minutes.
Just after the Marine picks up the grenade, a firefight starts. He pulls the pin and throws the grenade. He’ll never throw another. The enemy planted the grenade after removing the 4-7 second delay fuze and replacing it with a zero delay fuze.
The whole column is worth reading for an explanation of wartime mishaps and how one can try to avoid them.