Vietnamese Woman Soldier Hurls Wooden Hand Grenade

Vietnamese Woman Soldier Hurls Wooden Hand Grenade

These photos show more Vietnamese ingenuity on the battlefield.

To conserve live ammunition, and so they could keep their presence quiet in the jungle, both the North Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong trained with wooden hand grenades, in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

The below wooden grenades were captured at a Viet Cong camp in Cambodia, in a haul which also included an enormous amount of real weaponry.

Wooden grenades found at 'Rock Island East', Cambodia

Wooden grenades found at ‘Rock Island East’, Cambodia

The Viet Cong also made grenades out of discarded US C-ration tins, Coke cans and anything else they could lay their hands on.

A Viet Cong Coke can grenade captured by Australian troops (3.bp.blogspot.com)

There was a high percentage of duds in these grenades, which is understandable if you think they were home-made out of scraps of metal and often using explosives from US-fired ordnance which had failed to explode.

Viet Cong fragmentation grenade made from an orange drink can, attached to a bamboo handle (3.bp.blogspot.com)

It seems interesting to reflect that the US were developing ever-more sophisticated weapons in Vietnam, while the VC were travelling in the opposite direction, but with an ultimately victorious result.

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