The SRCM Mod. 35 is a hand grenade that was first issued to the Royal Italian Army in 1935, serving through World War II. Nicknamed “Red Devils” by the British in 1941-1942 during the North African Campaign, after the red color of the most common type.T
hey are offensive types, constructed of thin sheet metal (mostly aluminum) with impact fuzes. Painted a vivid red and having a notorious reputation of being dangerous when found in an unexploded condition they were nicknamed “Red Devils” by the British during the 1941-42 desert campaigns. There are other variations of these types (practice, smoke) as well as adaptations to other concepts (incendiary, stick grenades) but the focus here will be on these three high explosive types. These grenades are commonly identified by the manufacturer’s company logo stamped on the grenade. The SRCM is embossed with “SOCIETA ROMANA”. It has an interesting internal safety feature that set it apart from the OTO and Breda designs.
Overall height ranges from 80 to 97mm, diameter from 51 to 56mm and they weigh approximately 200g each. The explosive used was TNT (Tritolo binitronaftalina) with an effective radius of about 10 to 15 meters.
It is interesting to note that external size is not a very good indication of the explosive capacity of each grenade. Here are the internal HE capsules displayed in front of their respective grenades. You can see that while the OTO outwardly is the smallest of the three, a greater percentage of it’s internal volume is devoted to explosive.
Made of aluminum, this item is in AMAZING used condition! It was manufactured between 1939 and 1945, and features MUCH of it’s original paint and finish! Numerous manufacture marks and inspection stamps. The pin and pull tab are also 100% original. Some slight marks and wear, but there are no breaks, damage, or cracks! Appears to be complete internally. A PERFECT item for any collection or display!