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    WW1 German fragmentation bomb

    From the collection at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

    There is a small German fragmentation bomb (WW1) that was on display but has been returned to storage awaiting the new gallery display. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    NASM-A19900126000_02.jpg

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    Hello,
    Are you sure this bomb is German ?
    Never seen such a bomb in German service.
    General shape makes me thought to an Italian or Russian origin.
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    Any Live or Dug ordnance shown by me has been disposed of by EOD personnel .

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    Looks like a variant of th Russian AO-2.5 STsch to me.

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    Looks like a Russian AO-2,5 series
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    Any Live or Dug ordnance shown by me has been disposed of by military EOD personnel .

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    Well, The nose of this bomb is rounded - the nose of the various AO 2,5 was truncated conical.
    I think this is in fact a 12kg Italian bomb - the "Bomba de 12 Mtr" smooth body version (there was a more common annular frag version). This bomb was typically used by the Ro37 recco-bomber in Abyssinia, the Spanish Civil War (called by the Spanish "Bomba Torpedina de 12kg" where this ring attached.and in North Africa.
    The 12 Mtr had a small stabilizing ring at the rear tip of the fins and by looking carefully at the photo posted by Cjbobrow, we can see indentations that may correspond to this ring's attachment.
    The definitive answer will obviously come from the dimensions of the bomb.
    I'll try to find a p[hoto of thsi bomb in my files. Meanwhile here's a drawing of it.

    Bomba de 12 Mitr Annotation 2020-05-05 234326.jpg

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