What is the best way for a soldier to survive a grenade being thrown at them?

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Mudassir Ali 8 months 1 Answer 130 views

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  1. The problem with grenades is that it often takes some time to notice them. They don’t make much noise when they land in front of your feet and you are probably busy with other things. This leaves out the “pick them up and throw them back” option.

    Some people suggest that throwing or putting items (helmet, flak jackets, etc.) over the grenade is the best course of action but there’s a downside: you have to get close to the grenade to do that which is a stupid idea.

    Running away is a good option when you are in an open area and there isn’t too much gunfire in the area.

    In most combat situations, however, this will be impossible to pull off. You are most probably in a building or a trench and there are a lot of bullets in the air.

    What you can do is to put something between yourself and the grenade to block its fragments from hitting you. This can be a backpack, for example, that you throw just in front of the grenade while at the same time, you go down on the ground. This should be sufficient to protect you.

    If there’s space to maneuver, you can move around the next corner of the room or the trench. With grenades, more important than the distance is not to be directly exposed to the explosion.

    During the Kosovo War, I once survived a twenty kilo TNT Improvised Explosive Device detonation standing less than four meters away from the explosion. There was a small wall that I could hide behind. The next two days, I had a very bad headache from the concussion, but there wasn’t a scratch on my body

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