This might sound like a daft question, but is there usually a best before date on ordnance ie. artillery shells in this instance. I have recently seen a photo of a British Army Artilleryman loading a 105mm gun with an HE shell clearly and profusely marked, dated CY 11-85. The guy in question looks to be wearing the new type of body armour, which would suggest the pic is quite recent, but that makes the shell up to 23 years old. I would not have thought that in the present climate, there would have been many left of any age ? Just something that was bugging me. Tony.