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Mills Bomb

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No. 36M Mk. I "Mills Bomb"
No. 5 Mk. I "Mills Bomb"

Mills Bomb is the nickname for a series of British grenades developed during WWI by William Mills. There are several models of the Mills Bomb, each with an official British number designation:

  • No. 5: The first version of the Mills Bomb introduced in 1915, which can only be used as a hand grenade. Features only one variant, No. 5 Mk. I.
  • No. 23: Modified so it can be used as a rifle grenade in addition to being a hand grenade. Features a modified base plug drilled with a threaded hole that accepts a short rod, which can then be fired with a cradle-styled launcher mounted on a standard-issue Lee-Enfield. Features three variants: No. 23 Mk. I through III. Mk. II featured an improved iron base plug, while Mk. III featured a modified grenade top design that is kept in the No. 36.
  • No. 36: Introduced in 1917, the No. 36 was designed to be used with the No.1 Mk.I Cup Discharger when used as a rifle grenade. The base plug was modified again so a gas check can be screwed on to the base plug when the grenade was used with the discharger. The No. 36 featured a No. 36M variant which was coated in shellac for waterproofing, initially designed for the 1917 Mesopotamian campaign. By 1918, the No. 5 and No. 23 Mills Bomb models were declared obsolete, and the No. 36 became the standard British fragmentation grenade, which was later replaced with the No. 36M in 1930s. The No. 36 (and No. 36M) held the position as the standard British frag grenade for over 55 years until 1972.

The specific model and mark of a Mills Bomb are marked on the base plug, but as all base plugs are interchangeable, identification may become muddy.


  • In service: 1915-1970
  • Diameter: 61mm (2.4 in)
  • Weight: 765g
  • Length: 95.2mm (3.75 in)
  • Detonation mechanism: 7 seconds, later reduced to 4
  • Blast radius: 30 - 100 meters (98 - 328 ft)

The Mills Bomb and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notation Date
Hearts of the World British soldiers No. 23 rifle grenade 1918
The Heart of Humanity William Stowell John Patricia 1918
American, British, and Canadian soldiers
Journey's End British soldiers 1930
All Quiet on the Western Front Louis Wolheim Stanislaus Katczinsky 1930
German soldiers
Shock Troop British soldiers 1934
German soldiers
Lenin in October (Lenin v oktyabre) Red Guards 1937
Soviet Border (Na granitse) Erast Garin Volkov 1938
Forty Thousand Horsemen ANZAC soldiers 1940
Went the Day Well? British Army/Home Guard Soldiers 1942
German Paratroopers
A Hill in Korea George Baker Lieutenant Butler 1956
Dunkirk British soldiers 1958
Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard Jürgen Draeger James 1963
The Great Spy Chase (Les Barbouzes) Bernard Blier Eusebio Cafarelli 1964
Charles Millot Hans Müller
The Ipcress File 1965
Viva Maria! Carlos López Moctezuma Ródriguez Resembles to this type 1965
Check Passed: No Mines (Provereno nema mina) Boro Begovic Stevan 1965
Oleg Anofriev Alyosha
Eskendir Umurzakov Shaken
Leonid Tarabarinov Demid
Branko Pleša Lt. Rade
Judith Haganah troops 1966
Dark of the Sun Rod Taylor Capt. Bruce Curry 1968
Play Dirty Nigel Davenport Captain Cyril Leech 1969
When Eight Bells Toll Anthony Hopkins Philip Calvert 1971
The Man from Acapulco (Le Magnifique) Jean-Paul Belmondo Bob Saint-Clair 1973
The spies on the airport
Aces High 1976
From Hell to Victory George Hamilton Maurice Bernard 1979
Escape to Athena Richard Roundtree Nat Judson 1979
Cuba A female guerilla 1979
Bulldogs and Cherries Ludek Sobota Helmut 1981
Miroslav Streda Fofo
Fracchia the Human Beast (Fracchia la belva umana) Paolo Villaggio Giandomenico Fracchia 1981
Roberto Della Casa Tino
Nonstop Trouble with the Family Dieter Hallervorden Kongo-Otto 1985
Biggles: Adventures in Time Daniel Flynn Ginger 186
Neil Dickson James ‘Biggels’ Bigglesworth
Never Say Die In Blake's boat 1994
The Trench British soldiers 1999
Deathwatch Jamie Bell Pte. Charlie Shakespeare incorrectly identified as a 'Pineapple' 2002
Kokoda Luke Ford Burke 2006
Jack Finsterer Jack Scholt
Flame and Citron Mads Mikkelsen Jørgen 'Citron' Haagen Schmith 2008
Passchendaele Paul Gross Sgt. Michael Dunne 2008
Kokoda Pte. Laurie 'Smoky' Howson 2010
War Horse Jeremy Irvine Albert Narracott 2011
British soldiers
Allied Brad Pitt Max Vatan 2016
Wonder Woman Eugene Brave Rock Chief Napi 2017
1917 Dean-Charles Chapman Tom Blake 2019
George MacKay Will Schofield
British soldiers


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
The Professionals "Old Dog with New Tricks" 1977-1983
Anzacs Jon Blake Captain Flanagan 1985
Andrew Clarke Captain Martin "Marty" Barrington
Journey's End British soldiers 1988
Campion Nicolas Chagrin 'Squire' Mercer "Dancers in Mourning: Part 2" (S02E04) 1990
The Somme – From Defeat to Victory British soldiers 2006
The Promise British paratroopers 2011
The Promise British paratroopers in arms cache 2011
Birdsong Eddie Redmayne Stephen Wraysford 2012
Parer's War New Guinea soldier 2014
Foyle's War - Season 9 Ellie Haddington Hilda Pierce "Elise" (S9E3) 2015
Endeavour - Season 4 Simon Meacock Nigel Warren "Harvest" (S04E04) 2017

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines "Grenade" 1998
Hidden & Dangerous No. 5 Mk. I & No. 36M Mk. I 1999
Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty "Grenade" 1999
World War II Online: Battleground Europe 2001
Commandos 2: Men of Courage 2001
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way "Frag" 2002
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 2002
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin 2003
Contract J.A.C.K. "Frag" 2003
Call of Duty "MK1 Frag Grenade" 2003
Day of Defeat 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Battlefield: 1918 2004
Call of Duty: United Offensive "MK1 Frag Grenade" 2004
Call of Duty 2 2005
Medal of Honor: European Assault "Brit Grenade" 2005
Mare Nostrum 2008
Call of Duty: World at War - Final Fronts 2008
The Great War 1918 2013
Verdun "Mk 1 No. 5 Mills Bomb" 2015
Battle of Empires: 1914-1918 "Mills" 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "HE36MillsBomb" No. 36 2016
Screaming Steel: 1914-1918 "No. 5 Mills Bomb" 2018
Squad 44: Letters From The Front No. 36M Mk. I 2018
Battlefield V "Frag Grenade" 2018
Enlisted 2021
Beyond The Wire "No.5 Mills Bomb" 2022


Title Character Note Date
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro Fujiko Mine 1979
Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century Scorpio 1999
Magikano Rika Anju "Did a Maid Really Come?" (Ep.07) 2006

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