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Ww1 shrapnel tube!!!!

Article about: hi guys found this on ebay what do you think.its described as a shrapnel tube for an 18 pounder,never seen one before,are they rare?safe?any one interested in this type of relic?cheers dave.

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    Default Ww1 shrapnel tube!!!!

    hi guys found this on ebay what do you think.its described as a shrapnel tube for an 18 pounder,never seen one before,are they rare?safe?any one interested in this type of relic?cheers dave.
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    Hi Dave,

    It's not a shrapnel tube, but a flash tube. The purpose of the flash tube was to transmit the flame from the primer charge in the fuse at the nose of the shell down to the gunpowder in the base of the shell.

    Below is a cutaway diagram of a 16 pounder to give you an idea how it works. As for value, I would imagine not a great deal at all.

    Regards, Ned.
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    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    cheers ned does anyone collect this stuff?thanks dave.

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    Quote by moaning minnie View Post
    cheers ned does anyone collect this stuff?thanks dave.
    LOL !!!!! Have you forgotten what forum you posted this on ??? LOL !

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