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    Mills 36 Crates 1944 and 1945

    Lucky enough to buy these boxes today. The top one was so good at first I thought it might be the best repro ever, but no it is real

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    The person who sold it to me said it was found in a shed in the house he lives in when he moved in 20 years ago.

    With it was a second box, better marked with a little woodworm.

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    William Mills - Thank you!

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    Great find bud well done



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    Ime the twat in the middle.

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    Good to see a box that is not the usual firewood/driftwood quality. The grenades were filled at ICI Haswell and the detonators at ICI Denaby.

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    what were the Navy doing with Mills (I could only think that crate was so marked as grens intended for use by Royal Marines, being part of Navy)??
    always looking for inert baton rounds and accessories - please message me if you have any for sale/trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batonroundcollector View Post
    what were the Navy doing with Mills (I could only think that crate was so marked as grens intended for use by Royal Marines, being part of Navy)??
    I think that was the case. So Commando use - great!
    William Mills - Thank you!

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    Nice looking boxes. Somewhat different from my Canadian boxes which were left unpainted and there are stencils over stencils... very messy looking.
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    The vast majority of WW2 Mills boxes were unpainted. I expect it was the Navy 'gold plating'. It was what they did in those days.
    William Mills - Thank you!

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    Excellent find!!!

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    One of them will be for sale at Detling in a week or so.
    William Mills - Thank you!

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    Being as for Naval Use, they might have held the grenades used in the Holman projector for AA use.

 

 
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