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Article about: Hey Tony I have dug many inspection rounds from the RRPG digs at the army dump we're digging so I knew it wasn't one of those. Picture below. Sorry for the quality Just to clarify it reads W

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    There is nowhere on the Allied section to post trench art and as you'll see this item is better posted here.
    The large round has Z OOand either R,P or F and R.A 1941 the smaller round has WRA 9mm
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    Nice lighter,does it work?It probably says 300 Z on the large case,to ID it as .30 cal. for British use.
    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    It is made from a Remington Arms made (RA) cartridge case for a .30-06.

    The "300Z" on the lower half indicates that it was a British contract round made for the RAF prior to Lend Lease. "300" was the British designation for the American .30-06 cartridge and the "Z" means that it was loaded with nitro-cellulose propellant rather than cordite.

    The cap is a 9mm Parabellum case made by Winchester Repeating Arms (WRA), again on British contract in the early war years. This round was used in the Sten, Lanchester and Smith & Wesson machine carbines.

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    TonyE
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    Thanks, that works which is more than the lighter does, flints gone and it needs a refill of avgas.

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    Wartime trench lighters were all petrol not gas , i think you might have a post war made item there

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    Avgas is aviation petrol,just the US name for it.
    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    we're people seperated by a common language lol

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    Quote by davejb View Post
    we're people seperated by a common language lol
    How true, you have wings,bonnets and boots, we have fenders,hoods and trunks and all on the same thing..LOL.
    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    Quote by zwerge View Post
    How true, you have wings,bonnets and boots, we have fenders,hoods and trunks and all on the same thing..LOL.
    And they're the clean ones........How about fanny or rubber?

    Anyway, I wasn't posting here to be crude, but to show my ground dug trench art lighters. I have found a few in and around the barrack buildings of one particular USAAF airbase.

    Sorry for quality of pics. I know it isn't like me but I was in a rush and took them with my phone

    Five lighters here. Far left is a 303, next is a 30 with a 45 jammed on top, (looks like it was a work in progress), next two are 30s and the last one appears to have been made from a 20mm cart.

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    Top show showing the wick holes and groove for the flint.

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    A close up of the 303. Someone has even taking the time to 'silver' it !

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    Close up of one of the 30s

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    Cheers

    Steve T

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    A close up of the 303. Someone has even taking the time to 'silver' it !

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    Steve T
    Can you show a picture of the base of this one Steve? The reason I ask is because I wonder if it was made from an Inspectors U Mark V which would already have been plated or made from white metal. Picture attached as an example.

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