Gammon Grenade

Gammon Grenade

Unlike conventional grenades, the Gammon bomb was flexible in the amount and type of explosive that could be delivered to a target. For anti-personnel use, a small amount of plastic explosive (about half a stick), along with shrapnel-like projectiles if available, would be placed in the bag. However, against armored fighting vehicles or other armored targets, the bag could be completely filled up with explosives, making an unusually powerful grenade which could only be thrown safely from behind cover.

It was issued by the British. It had a pound of C2 (precursor to C4) that was wrapped by a cloth (some called it a sock) that had a detonator pin in it. When a string was pulled it activated the device. This was issued to infantry troops (like paratroopers) to assist with knocking out armor and vehicles.