posted on Jul, 13 2006 @ 02:00 PM
By and large, the better part of engagements undertaken by NATO infantry in the last 20 years have been both asymetrical and urban. Especially of
late, the importance of infantry-issued grenades (as compared to the launched or rocket-propelled variety) has been absolutely paramount. Their
effectiveness in urban combat cannot be underestimated, especially the fragmentation and nonlethal hand grenades.
In house to house fighting, few weapons rival the hand grenade. Fragmentation grenades provide each GI the means to effectively clear a room or
enclosure with minimal risk to one's self.
Enemy troops may be flushed from hiding using tear gas grenades.
Smoke grenades screen troops and provide cover for withdrawls as well as signals.
Distraction devices (flashbangs/stingers) made dynamic entries in civillian-populated sectors safer while lowering the chances of collateral damage.
The short and long of it is the hand grenade is the rifleman's best friend in times of need. It is versatile, effective, and simple.