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Article about: I would like to ask the Forum for help in identifying the original use for this possible wooden munitions crate. Pic A shows that it is unfortunately missing its handles on each side. Pic B

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    Default Help needed to identify ammo crate

    I would like to ask the Forum for help in identifying the original use for this possible wooden munitions crate.

    Pic A shows that it is unfortunately missing its handles on each side.

    Pic B reveals a brown paint applied over green.

    Pic C shows that a sand coloured paint has been applied over white lettering – easily rubbed off with ones nail to reveal the probable home address of a British serviceman as shown in Pic D. This suggests that the crate was given a new use – prossibly to send home a comprehensive collection of Knights Crosses and chained SS daggers etc!

    Pic E illustrates the interior.

    Pic F/G/H illustrates close ups of the stuck-on paper labels in detail.

    I mainly collect WW2 RAF material. I have also recently developed an interest in German anti-aircraft items. Anyone interested in a swop let me know!

    Thanks in advance for any help offered. Kind regards, Malcolm.
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    Well the little bit of it that I can read seems to say 720 pieces of filling for red smoke grenades. But I could be all wrong.
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    Default Re: Help needed to identify ammo crate

    zwerge thanks for the input.

    Kind regards, Malcolm.

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    Anyone help with a translation of the paper labels

    Any input will be most appreciated.

    Kind regards, Malcolm.

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    I think from memory that Granatfullung 88 is a picric acid base high explosive burster charge used for artillery shells and mortar bombs etc, it was a high explosive developed before WW1 and was replaced by most nations with TNT by WWII due to its stability issues.


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    Hello Nige,

    Many thanks for this. I had tried a search on the internet using that word and came up empty handed. As this would now seem to indicate a trade name I will look further.

    Kind regards, Malcolm.

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    I think your right, Granatfullung 88 is a little like saying Gelignite, or Dynamites which were both trade name of the Alfred Nobel company. I think again from memory that picric acid base explosives of the types were first invent by the Russians, and normally used for larger calibre projectiles such as Artillery shells.


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    Malcom,

    I have a German pal that will know, I am not on line to him I will run the pics past him this week and get some photos of his hobby room if he lets me.

    Regards

    Jock

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    Hello Nige + Jock,

    Many thanks for the input and the kind offer of further help.

    Regards, Malcolm.

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