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
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
The 1Kg with explosive tail
Marking of nose fuze with explosive tail
FUZES FOR THE 1Kg and 1.3 Kg incendiaries
Steel and Magnesium bomb fuzes
Markings on the fuzes
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 showing filler plug
Tail of Explosive nosed 2.2 Kg Note size difference
FRENCH 1KG dropped by the Germans over the UK
INFORMATION SHEETS ON THE VARIOUS GERMAN INCENDIARIES
A partly burnt 1 kg
Explosive nose from the 2.2Kg incendiary
Unknown incendiary bomb
Markings on body
An extremely rare German Brandbombe B10 a liquid airdropped incendiary not used over here ! consisted of oil and Phoshor. fuzing was an allways acting AZ23A fuze .
Not dropped over here in the UK
British German and French bombs
The British 4Lb incendiary
Op1665 sheets on the British 4 lb Incendiary bombs
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
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 ,
These are the weights I obtained from my examples
1 Kg standard incendiary all weights in Lbs
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 !