The Arbalète sauterelle type A, or simply Sauterelle (French for grasshopper), was a bomb-throwing crossbow used by French and British forces on the Western Front during World War I. It was designed to throw a hand grenade in a high trajectory into enemy trenches. It was initially dismissed by the French Army but General Henri Berthelot thought it had practical value.
French soldiers with a Sauterelle c1915.
|Place of origin||France|
|Wars||World War I|
|Mass||24 kg (53 lb)|
|Effective firing range||110–140 m (120–150 yd)|
- Glenn E. Torrey (2001). Henri Mathias Berthelot: soldier of France, defender of Romania. Center for Romanian Studies. p. 119. ISBN 978-9739432153.
- The Royal Engineers Journal. 39: 79. 1925. Missing or empty
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