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Predicate Object 1938.167 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, W0894 2015-07-22T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-30T19:59:02.631Z 65 Hazard arms technology/wars The Russell boomerang hand grenade, WW1 "That'll astonish the Turks" said Colonel Dangar during a demonstration of the boomerang grenade. This bomb in the form of a boomerang was designed so that it could be thrown over a high wall and returned back into the wall, or to be thrown around a corner. The inventors, Garrett Victor Russell and Harvey Sutton applied for a patent on 3rd August 1915. However, later trials at the Grenade Training School concluded that the grenade was so "erratic and uncertain in its flight" that it would be of little value for the military. Australian Patent Office, application No 17,016/15, Australian Department of Patents, application dated 3/8/1915; accepted 3/6/1916. The Argus, Melbourne, 19th and 24th July, 11th, 25th, 26th August, 1915. Trove: Australian boomerang bomb, WW1 Collected by 20940 Captain NRW Thomas, Auckland Infantry Regiment metal in form of boomerang with illustrations of emu and kangaroo at either end; with removable triangular plate at angle; an exploding charge is stored in the angle of the boomerang with a fuse extending down one arm; and metal pellets contained in both arms (see diagram on file) bomb, boomerang
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