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No. 76 Grenade

Country of OriginUnited Kingdom
Length152.400 mm
Weight0.538 kg


ww2dbaseInitially known as A. W. (Albright & Wilson) bombs, officially named No. 76 Special Incendiary Grenades, and commonly nicknamed SIP (Self Igniting Phosphorus) grenades, these weapons contained phosphorus that ignited when exposed to air, burning the flammable benzene also present in the grenades. They were essentially Molotov cocktail bombs mass produced with standard specifications. They could be used as hand grenades or as ammunition for "Northover Projectors" (officially Projector, 2.5-Inch). These weapons were issued mainly to the men of the British Home Guard, with caution never to store them inside their homes, for use against German tanks should they ever reach Britain. There were much skepticism about their effectiveness against German medium and heavy tanks. When production ceased in Aug 1941, over 6,000,000 grenades were made.

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Last Major Revision: Mar 2015

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29 Jul 1940 The weapons firm Albright & Wilson of Oldbury, England, United Kingdom demonstrated to the British Royal Air Force a self-igniting explosive containing petrol and phosphorus.


British soldier examining a Jagdpanther S.P. Tank Destroyer knocked out by a M4 Sherman tank near Gheel, Belgium, 13 Sep 1944.

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Denis Secker says:
11 Jan 2017 04:24:21 AM

*8 of these have just been dug up in Plymouth (Jan 10 2017) during road excavations. Whole area was closed down for about 100metere radius. However when the controlled explosion was carried out only a small column of smoke was seen. Possibly inert after all these years.
2. Razac says:
29 Mar 2021 02:40:08 PM

Hi just a quick question...is the 'no.76' label on the SIP image above be post-war?

If so does anyone know what would be written on the bottle if anything?

Thank you in advance

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British soldier examining a Jagdpanther S.P. Tank Destroyer knocked out by a M4 Sherman tank near Gheel, Belgium, 13 Sep 1944.

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