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VB (Viven Bessieres) Rifle Grenade: French made rifle grenade; cast iron cylindrical shaped shell with interior grooves to facilitate fragmentation; exterior plug and lighting fuse on top; center hole though which the bullet passed to ignite the grenade. A cast iron tubular shaped discharger would be mounted to the muzzle of a rifle, the VB Rifle Grenade inserted, and a bullet fired through would ignite the fuse and launch the grenade. It could be launced between 200 and 300 yards to land inside enemy trenches. French made grenades were issued to the American Expeditionary Forces because American grenades were not available. Earl William Wyman was born in Oshkosh, WI on August 2, 1894, the son of William and Emma Barkman Wyman. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 132nd Infantry Regiment, 33rd "Prairie" Division during World War I.
Grenade, Antipersonnel -WORLD WAR I -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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