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Model 17 Stielhandgranate

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Stielhandgranate Modell 17

The Model 17 Stielhandgrante was the last stick grenade developed and used by German forces and the armies of Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire during World War One. The difference from the Model 16 is that the M17 has a slender warhead without a top-mounted lid.

It served as an attack and defense grenade and was characterized by a strong pressure effect when detonating, while the effect and range of the splinters of the warhead were smaller. The 1000g ammunition body could be hurled up to 25m. To defend against armored vehicles, several stick grenades were thrown as a "geballte Ladung" onto the roof or under the tracks of the vehicles. A variant of the M17 was characterized by a much larger warhead (diameter 140mm) and a stronger explosive charge. It was one of the first special anti-tank hand grenades

After the war, this grenade was used by the Reichswehr until it was gradually replaced in the late 1920s by the Model 24, which removed the star-shaped grip added to the base of the end cap and the belt clip on the head. Several countries copied this grenade, like Bulgaria and Finland (as the Varsikranaatti M32).


Type: Hand-grenade

Total Weight: 1.7 lbs (0.75 kg)

Weight explosives: 0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)

Total length: 14.2 in (36 cm)

Explosive: Tolit

Igniter: time, friction

Fuse Time: 5.5 seconds

The Model 17 Stielhandgranate and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
All Quiet on the Western Front John Wray Cpl. Himmelstoss 1930
German soldiers
Westfront 1918 Gustav Diessl Karl 1930
Fritz Kampers The Bavarian
Hans-Joachim Moebis The Student
Claus Clausen The Lieutenant
German soldiers
Hell on Earth German soldier 1931
Mountains on Fire Austrian soldiers 1931
Fighting Film Collection No. 3 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 3) German paratroopers 1941
Ivan Nikulin: Russian Sailor (Ivan Nikulin - Russkiy Matros) German soldiers 1944
Ryan's Daughter John Mills Michael 1970
The Lighthorsemen A Turkish soldier 1987
The Quest A Turk smuggler 1996
The Red Baron German soldiers 2008
War Horse Sebastian Hülk German soldier 2011
German troops
Battery Number One (Edinichka) A German soldier 2015


Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
Combat! Ricardo Montalban French Resistance leader Barbu S05E17 ("Cadjo") 1962-1967
German soldiers
Anzacs Alec Wilson Alec "Pudden" Parsons 1985
German soldiers
Lenin...The Train Young German soldier 1988

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Deadfall Adventures 2013
The Great War 1918 "Concentrated charge" Only as Geballte Ladung 2013
Isonzo "Stielhandgranate M1917" Introduced in Caporetto expansion 2022


Title Character Note Date
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero German and French soldiers 2018

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