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    Patronenfabrik Karlsruhe 37mm datestamps

    Hello All,The German 37mm pom-pom shells of 1914/18 were production year datestamped in full,I believe,ie 1916 etc.

    Of the two Karlsruhe examples that I have,one has VI and 98 either side of the primer and 20 at the bottom,the other has X and 98 with 36 at the bottom.

    Is this production month in Roman numerals and year (1898)???and the number at the bottom,as you look at the stamp,some kind of lot number,or am I barking up the wrong tree altogether here???

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    Hello again,there doesn't seem to be much info forthcoming on my original
    query and the postman has just brought me No 3 of what I hope will eventually be a large collection of these interesting little rounds.

    This latest round is of wartime production,with two,what I can best describe as grooved copper driving bands.These are much narrower than
    those on the two previously mentioned,wartime economy,I guess.

    The Roman numeral and 98 do not, of course,appear in the headstamp on
    this one,the space either side of the primer is empty,apart from the little
    "flowery" logos,that are present on the other two as well.

    The date 1918 is at the bottom of the headstamp plus 119A,so these rounds are quite easily dated,not so,perhaps,with the prewar ones.

    Chris.

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    Lightbulb 3.7cm

    Hi
    VI is for the month, 98 for 1898, 20 for lot
    id for X, 98, 36

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    Many thanks,Doctor,it did seem the most logical conclusion,it's nice to have it confirmed.

    Regards Chris.

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    Hi, can you post images of the headstamps ?

    I collect these also, but doubt I can tell you much more than the Dr. if anything at all !

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    Were any of these rounds made by Germany in WW2? The WW2 era German military seem to have been very good at using anything they could capture / find. Were there any of the guns around then, or were they all lost with ships destroyed under Versailles? What about inter-war use of the guns on the few small battleships Germany was allowed? Was any ammunition made then?

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    I'm afraid not,Gspragge,that's a technological leap too far for me at present.

    I must say,though,your collection of such things is definitely something to aspire to!!!

    I don't know about WW2 usage Falcon,I expect if there were any around, anywhere,they would have been used at some stage.

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    Thats what I thought, the Germans used almost any captured weapons they could. Apparently after d-day they liked the 25 Pounder so much that whole units were equipped with them, and there were duels between German and allied units armed with 25 Pounders. They also made their own ammunition for the Dutch 6,5mm Mannlicher rifles. Polish 7.92 ammo was also found at Dunkirk, so I think that if they did have any of the guns left over then they would have been in service.

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    119 is for Marine case, 119 A for ARMY (Used in FLAK)

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    Technological leap ? Me !!!!

    "119 is for Marine case, 119 A for ARMY (Used in FLAK)"


    I didn't know this !!!!!

    you take small leaps , but many in this hobby ! Every time I have thought I had it figured out, something new has leaped out and bitten me in the ----!

    I haven't heard of these being used in WW2 as such, but never say not for sure. There is a thread in projectiles I believe on the German WW2 37mm subcal 37x94 types.
    Last edited by Gspragge; 2nd February 2009 at 10:00 PM.

 

 
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