this is avery unknown us demolition firing device, i have been searching the i-net, but didn't found any info of this one, the drawing is of a different type than the fuze itself.
have a look yourself.
so far all ive found is a picture of the complete pressure switch,to me it looks to be just another mk of the M1 and is stamped M1 MK4 .The picture is from WEAPONS OF THE WWII TOMMY by david B Gordon page 298..
Any Live or Dug ordnance shown by me has been disposed of by military EOD personnel .
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it is a m1/mk1, and strange, i asked several times on another site for info (exploded views) on this fuze, but never got an answer...
look at #6, he mention there , that he could'nt find it in any US handbook.
Buried somewhere amongst all my boxes I have one of these, complete and still in the shipping container. This will give me a good reason to pull some stuff out this weekend while the wife is away and see if I can find it.
I read someplace (no I don't remember where) that American devices using designations like "Mk. 1 Mod 1" were designed for the Navy. The normal devices M1 M2 etc etc, seem to cross services, but the Navy had their own devices as well, with designations like this. This seems to be of brass construction which would seem to be sensible given that they were most likely designed to get really wet. I expect these were designed for use by UDT teams (now called Seals)
I do remember the one I have being from the Navy. I accquired it in Philadelphia 10 or so years ago from one of the bomb techs there. I'll do my best to find it and get photos up this weekend.
Item found although I seem to have packed the original container and directions for the device in another box.
Anyway, here is the firing device along with the base coupler, tripwire, tension release reel and pressure prongs.
The green paint is the original that was on it when I opened the container and removed it.
Last edited by Eodtek; 11th August 2008 at 08:44 PM.
great picture, very nice piece, thanks for posting, now i see him compleet.
here i see the 2 parts of this fuze, i have together with mine, and now know for shure that they belong to this fuze.
could it be possible to post a picture of all separated parts ?
thanks in advance.
Here the drawings an method of operation.