Various Incendiaries From top BRITISH 4LB below GERMAN 2.2KG below GERMAN 1KG and finally bottom FRENCH 1KG




The most used and easily recognised bomb of the 2nd world war has to be the German Incendiary bomb, dropped on the UK in their millions , with lots failing to ignite.
It was said to me that during the war , most school boys had the fins of these bombs on their desks , and used them as pencil holders.
One of the first bombs to be mass produced and used in the Spanish civil war of 1936.
Dimensions of 1kg and 1.3 Kg bombs
Oa 13.75 inches
dia 2 inches
tail length 4 3/4 inches





Component parts of the 1KG showing the charge case





1.3 Kg Incendiary the nose was replaced with steel to assist in breaking of tiles prior to igniting.






1.3 Kg with Explosive tail the idea was to scatter the burning magnesium over a wide area.





Close up view of the explosive gaine





Gaine







The 1Kg with explosive tail







Marking of nose fuze with explosive tail



FUZES FOR THE 1Kg and 1.3 Kg incendiaries








AZ8312 magnesium








AZ8313A steel







Steel and Magnesium bomb fuzes





Markings on the fuzes







Sectioned fuze









The 2.2 Kg explosive nose incendiary this consisted of a normal incendiary but added to this was a explosive cylinder which acted as a deterrent for those trying to put out the bomb and of course to do as much damage as possible






Front portion







Front showing filler plug







Tail of Explosive nosed 2.2 Kg Note size difference








A partly burnt 1 kg







Explosive nose from the 2.2Kg incendiary









An extremely rare German Brandbombe B10 a liquid airdropped incendiary not used over here ! consisted of oil and Phoshor. fuzing was by way of an allways acting AZ23A fuze .Not dropped over here in the UK( GS Collection)







German 2.2Kg training incendiary bomb


INFORMATION SHEETS ON THE VARIOUS GERMAN INCENDIARIES





































1942 dated papers on the 2.2 Kg



FRENCH INCENDIARIES







FRENCH 1KG dropped by the Germans over the UK







Close up picture of the French 1 Kg Incendiary Tail







French Incendiary tail similar to German But the three pieces are slotted together not welded like the German ones.







Side by side view of both types of tails







Nose fuze from French 1Kg







Internal view







Side view of French nose fuze







Information on the French incendiaries






Swedish M83 Incendiary





Markings on Body





Markings on Body





Markings on body of Swedish M83 Incendiary


BRITISH INCENDIARIES






The British 4 LB







Fuze assy on British bombs the fuze was in the top







Top markings of British 4Lb this tail was made at The Metal Box company 6 th factory







nose plug with delay element from British 4Lb Incendiary







front view of Explosive nosed 4Lb







top view



Op1665 sheets on the British 4 lb Incendiary bombs

































HOME OFFICE ARP INCENDIARY






Training version







Tail assy of ARP incendiary







Nose of ARP incendiary







Side by Side view Of Top Home Office training version and a German 1Kg



POSTERS AND HOME OFFICE INFORMATION FROM AROUND THE WORLD



































REMNANTS and BURNT OUT INCENDIARIES




































































FILM PROP/DUMMY










Replica 1KG Incendiary made by Dug up as a museum quality or training aid
look at the attention to detail in the sectioned front piece ! made of solid aluminium its a lot heavier than an original.



NOTES

sometime ago I was asked if a recently purchased German incendiary bomb was empty or not as the owner could not unscrew the nose fuze .After all these years a large amount of these Incendiaries wont unscrew due to the magnesium expanding with damp ?
There are several ways to have a check to see if your one is possibly live !
First when shaked does it rattle ? if it does this is usually a sign that the fuze has been removed and you have a retaining collar left inside.

Second with a piece of flexible wire fashion the end couple of inches into a right angle and gently insert it up inside through one of the fire holes if there is an obstruction it still doesn't mean you have to panic , it maybe the split collar has got caught sideways inside the body.

Third if methods one and two fail then weigh the body using suitable digital scales.These are the weights I obtained from my examples.

1 Kg standard incendiary all weights in Lbs using digital scales

Empty AZ83128* nose fuze no striker etc 1.437 Lbs

AZ8312@ nose fuze with striker etc 1.503 Lbs

Complete with Empty charge case inside 1.598 lbs


1.3 Kg Steel nose fuze AZ8313 no components in fuze 2.235 Lbs

AZ8313 with components in fuze 2.303 Lbs

Remember there maybe slight variations but only minor ! anything much heavier then caution is required !