That was the original use of the term, but it's come to mean something completely different. The original grenadiers were chosen for their strength - so they were able to throw the heavy grenades far enough to not harm themselves and their allies - and their discipline - so they were able to light and throw grenades at the right time in order to reduce the chances of enemies throwing them back whilst being under constant fire as the front line of troops.
Grenades became somewhat obsolete for a time, but the term "Grenadiers" still referred to elite soldiers chosen for their size, strength and discipline despite the fact that their weapons and tactics were essentially the same as those of other soldiers and did not involve the throwing of grenades.
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This piece has been a huge inspiration to me. It got me developing new designs for guns, suits, armours, and various other drawings far more difficult than a simple guy with a pencil like me can accomplish.
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