Definition of Mills bomb in English:

Mills bomb


  • An oval hand grenade.

    • ‘The Mills bomb was so successful that its basic design was to remain in use by the British Army until the 1960's.’
    • ‘They threw in their Mills bombs and then rushed the position, killing some of the Germans and capturing the gun.’
    • ‘The standard grenade was the old Mills bomb for many years, until the introduction of the L2, basically a copy of the US M26, in the 1970s.’
    • ‘The Mills bomb is time fused, triggered by pulling out the safety pin and releasing the lever.’
    • ‘Two of the design features of the Mills bomb are still to be found in many modern hand grenades: the split pin and the handle which secures the spring-loaded firing pin.’
    • ‘To use the Mills bomb the thrower first removed the safety pin while holding down the strike lever beneath it.’
    • ‘He said that during previous amnesties a wide range of different weapons had been handed in, such as old grenades and Mills bombs.’
    • ‘Up a small track a little further south I came across a Mills bomb embedded in the surface of the track.’
    • ‘The majority of overall design changes to the Mills Bomb occurred during the first two years of Mills bomb development and were mostly to lower cost of production.’
    • ‘Brown was with an advance party which took over some newly captured trenches near Accroche Wood and, on being told that a sniper's post was causing trouble, he located the enemy strong point, picked up two Mills bombs and ran towards it under fire.’


Early 20th century: named after Sir William Mills (1856–1932), the English engineer who invented it.


Mills bomb