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Article about: Hi, Can someone help me to identify this chest? I don't know from witch army it is or what was inside it. It looks like an ammunition chest, but I'm not sure.

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    Hi,

    Can someone help me to identify this chest? I don't know from witch army it is or what was inside it. It looks like an ammunition chest, but I'm not sure.
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    All I can tell you is it is British.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Interesting to see such an old type of box that is still in use today. Nowadays this type of box contain trip-flares however they are almost always re-used for something else due to them being very useful and well built However I'm unsure if they were used for the same purpose during the Second World War :P

    Thanks

    Danny

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    Just found this:

    The C238 was a standard British ammo box and was used for various types of ordnance - specifically which could only have been determined by the stencilled markings, but they were particularly associated with 2" mortar bombs, grenades, 6 pdr. AT shells etc.

    C238 6 pdr. 7cwt. gun A.P. Holding 4 rounds. The gross weight is 90 lbs
    C238 7.2in howitzer Cartridges 23lb.NH Holding 1 round. Gross weight 55lbs
    C238 Generators Smoke No 18 Holding 8 rounds. Gross weight 73 lbs
    C238 CW Ammunition ML 8in Generators Smoke No 20. Holding 8 rounds 73 lbs

    C238I 18pr QF gun AP shot 4 Rounds, 131 lbs
    C238A 75mm QF gun British AP Mk I, TF 4 rounds 90lbs

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    Hello,

    I found this in a mates garden

    Mine is exactly the same size as yours and has this stamped on it.

    I wonder if yours is the same as mine ?

    cheers


    John
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    Hi,
    The one I've got which is the same as yours has written on it,3 MOR SMK.
    6 bombs 3in MOR Smoke 152 fuse. On the side, C1595 3in MOR. It's dated 1940.
    Aaron

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    I don't know if this helps any but it was made by PRESSED STEEL CO., of Cowley, Oxford. This was a joint venture with Morris Motors, They also produced steel pressings for their motor cars and steel helmets.

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    Thx for all of your help. Now I know what I own .
    I just bought it with some other things for 25 euro.
    Does anyone know the value of this box. (Not that i'm sellig it but i'm just curious)

    @whitehunter
    The inscription on my box is almost gone (as you can see in the picture) but what is still visible isn't the same as on your box.

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    Hi VC89,
    nice box- the stencil on the front has been redone once or twice = reconditioned for refilling and further service. As to what it means, here's a rough guide:

    1st line= what the ammo is for.
    2nd line= quantity, calibre, and type of ammo.
    3rd & 4th line= Mark of ammo, and ancillary nomenculture.

    So Tinlid's held 6 Smoke bombs with No.152 impact fuzes for a 3in Mortar.
    Your's is hard to read but the '25lb' suggests the 25pndr Artillery Gun- the ammo itself is MK?.

    Whitehunter's is much more modern (filled 10/1993) - 1 Practice Shell 'in container' for 120mm Challenger Tanks.
    SH/Prac L32A6 This training projectile is used to simulate the operational HESH L31 which it matches ballistically. It is available in a completely inert form, filled with an inert HE substitute, or an inert HE substitute plus a live fuze and a flash pellet for spotting purposes. Four small tracers are housed in the projectile base. British Army consumption was forecast to run until 1998.

    Value £5-25, so you've done alright!
    cheers, jim.

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    thx, Jim

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