M-26 Grenade

Body: Cast iron
Filler: TNT, either flaked or granular
Weight: 21 ounces
Burst: casualty radius 15 meters

These grenades are used to supplement small arms fire against an enemy when in close combat. They produce casualties by high velocity fragments. The smooth surface of the M-26 tends to give this grenade an uneven burst pattern versus the "pineapple" grenade which has a more uniform pattern of fragments. Since fragments can disperse out to 230 meters, the users are wise to duck after throwing this grenade or risk becoming casualities themselves. Most of those who fought at LZ Albany, carried at least two M-26 grenades on their belts, as pictured above on a 1st Cav trooper, and were widely used, especially early in the ambush.