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This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

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    Default This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

    Hi Guys

    Getting the house decorated at the moment and got chatting to my painter and decorator who asked about the hobby having seen a few bits of militaria lying around.

    Told him what I did and next day he turned up with this, said it had been in his mums garage for years and had belonged to his dad.

    Any help in identifying the gun it was fired from and what the markings mean would be appreciated.

    Just goes to show whats still out there waiting to be uncovered !

    cheers

    Tony

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    Default Re: This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

    Looks like a 15 cm field gun made by Spandau.

    Eric
    [h=3]e plu·ri·bus u·num[/h]

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    Default Re: This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

    Hi Eric

    Thanks ! Ironic that my name sakes made the guns !!!

    cheers

    Tony

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    Default Re: This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

    That is cool Tony.
    At first I thought 7.7 cm but now I see it is larger so it looks like it could be 15 cm.
    And from what I understand the sp stands for Spandau.
    Nice find.

    Eric
    [h=3]e plu·ri·bus u·num[/h]

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    Default Re: This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

    The maker is Polte of Magdeburg.

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    Default Re: This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

    Agreed, it is Polte. The "Sp" is an inspector's number.

    Regards
    TonyE
    British Military Smallarms and Ammunition
    Collector, Researcher and Pedant
    https://sites.google.com/site/britmilammo/

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    Default Re: This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

    what ever,its a nice ww1 item to have.

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    Default Re: This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

    An excellent WWI shell case from a German 15cm gun. Commonly known as a 6 inch by Americans and a 5.9 by the British, these big shells were extremely versatile and were used in an enormous number of different applications. A Very nice find, for sure!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    I believe the shells from these were known as "Jack Johnsons" (after the famous colored boxer) or "Coal Boxes" due to the amount of black smoke they gave off on impact.

    Thanks for posting. I have one similar to this........ wasn't given it though

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    Default Re: This is a German shell but from which gun ? Naval or Artillery ?

    Cheers Guys.

    This forum is the place to go for quality info !

    Thanks for the info.

    Tony

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