The L132A2 smoke grenade is the current issue British Army smoke grenade and is more compact than previous designs, allowing them to be more easily carried by troops. The grenade itself is used for screening the battlefield and produces copious quantities of thick smoke for this purpose. The grenade is painted a dark green colour and is noticeably shorter and narrower in the body than the previous pattern:
The designation of the grenade is stencilled onto the outside, here indicating that this is an L132A2 model for producing a smoke screen and it was manufactured in April 2013:
To use the grenade, the pin must first be removed from the top of the grenade:
Once this has been removed, the paddle lever on the rear is held down with the hand until the grenade is ready to be thrown, once thrown this lever flies off and starts the ignition process for the grenade itself:
Smoke grenades are pretty safe munitions to use, indeed they are perfectly legal to own and use in the UK by civilians (subject to some restrictions and common sense) however things can go wrong as one squaddie recalls:
I was on MedMan in BATUS as an Opfor dismount. Basically we were running round the prairie like hooligans with more ammunition and pyro than I’d ever seen. Our section walked over a hill and saw a CRARRV trundling along, which we promptly engaged. I threw a smoke grenade, an absolute pearler. It sailed majestically through the air in like a super slow mo effect, I saw the handle ping, the spark of detonation, the slow build up fizz of the propellant, and the sudden gush of thick smoke emitted from the can, just as it sailed underneath its tracks where it engulfed the CRARRV in thick blue smoke.
Then thick grey smoke as the prairie ignited.
Then thick black smoke as the vehicle and attached equipment ignited.
The REME crew bailed out to use the fire extinguishers on the vehicle, while we fecked off sharpish. While they paused the whole battle group exercise to beat out the prairie fire, we hid out of the way smoking and drinking warm cans of Minute Maid, and said nothing.