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    W. 50 wooden ammunition box

    Can anyone please tell me what the W.50 wooden ammunition box contained? My example has the additional markings II N and came from the Royal Ordnance Factory, Bridgend.

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    BOX 001.jpgBOX 002.jpgBOX 003.jpgBOX 005.jpg

    The box measures 9" x 8" x 5".

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    All I can tell you is it is Naval. The Large stamped N, The positioning of the box type on the side of the box, and the distinctive colour
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    W=armour piercing?

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    ROF Bridgend was one of our largest filling factories. The workforce has been quoted as 40,000 but I think this figure includes Brackla and Waterton that were satellites, Brackla effectively bordered with Bridgend. Bridgend filled stores for all three services, however those listed below are joint or Navy specific.

    Cordite Bags & Pellets
    RD202 Fuze Powder
    Detonators e.g. The 5 grain A.S.A detonator used in most artillery fuzes
    Tubes, percussion & electric
    Primers
    40mm Bofors
    2 Pr
    Initiators
    No. 243 Fuze (Navy 2 Pr)
    Fuze filling (igniferous)
    Life Saving Rockets

    (In relation to the 40mm and 2 Pr it is not specified if they just filled the projectiles and/or the whole round).

    Some of the items are far too large to fit your box, but it may well have contained their component parts.

    TimG

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    Thank you for the updates gentlemen. Interesting about the N for Naval stamp as my other wooden box M184 also has an N stamp.

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    Sorry I am late responding to this. The full nomenclature of this box is:
    Box, Igniters, Torpedo, W 50 Mark II /N/
    N.


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    In case it is of help, herewith a drawing.


    NOD1655-comp.jpg
    N.


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