Ross Pearson - Mills bomb training

Running time
1 min 22 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


We were taught how to use a rifle and all sorts of nonsense. And one of the things they taught us was how to use a Mills bomb. Little round thing like an apple. They said, and this was going to be very valuable as an airman. I mean, a bomb that size dropped from 15,000 feet would be very effective. So, they said, "It's no use knowing all this theory. Go and do some practice. Okay?

We're going into the butts, and we'll give you a nice Mills bomb, and you'll throw it." So we had a pig of a sergeant, and we went into the butts and he said, "There you are, Flight Sergeant Pearson." I didn't know. "What you do, you pull the pin out, you count to five, and throw it. Because it's live and throw it that way. Do you understand?" Yes. "Here Flight Sergeant." He throw it to me. And I pull the pin out and I said, "What do I do now? What do I do now? Here, you throw it." And they all fell down. I had a spare pin. He could have killed me, but it was the last day, and I stayed out of his reaches.

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