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    Anyone know what the markings on this shell case are for??
    shell case markings
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    Looks to me like thats a shell case from a French 75mm field gun. Also looks to be 1917 dated.

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    Heres a couple of photos from the net for your reference:
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    Brilliant, many thanks.
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    These are quite common shells and you often see them made into trench art. Is this one trench art?

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    Quote by Spitace41 View Post
    These are quite common shells and you often see them made into trench art. Is this one trench art?
    No, just a standard shell case, picked it up in a load of militaria at a local house clearance shop, just going through it all now.

    There's an enfield stripper clip in there too, with 5 spent rounds, none of these have any markings on the base either, which is a bit weird as I thought they would be dated and /l\ marked? can you think of any reason why they wouldn't be?
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    Just picked up a few of these myself

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