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    AZ23 Fuze

    I bought this from a friend who bought about 200 lb of fuzes from a French farmer on the Somme. I'd not seen one before on the Somme.


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    It has AZ23 on the side but my reference book does not cover this one.

    Is it a Minerwerfer fuze or an Anti Tank fuze.

    Any info appreciated (not my subject) - thanks

    John
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    I had 2 different AZ 23 in brass. once with 0.15 and 0.25 sec delay. Are normal impact fuze. Manufacturer = Rheinmetall.AZ 23 Messing 0,15 .jpgAZ - 23 Messing 0,25.jpg
    Search always English and US Bomb Fuzes!

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    You may have not seen it there because it's a 2nd WW fuze. So it may be one 2nd WW fuze under 10000 1st WW fuzes :-)

    It's the most common german artillery percussion fuze used in 2nd WW. They are used from 75mm until very heavy artillery shells. The first of them were made from brass, later ones from aluminium ending with a bakelite/steel combination when the war was over (same game as in the 1st WW).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpini View Post
    You may have not seen it there because it's a 2nd WW fuze. So it may be one 2nd WW fuze under 10000 1st WW fuzes :-)

    It's the most common german artillery percussion fuze used in 2nd WW. They are used from 75mm until very heavy artillery shells. The first of them were made from brass, later ones from aluminium ending with a bakelite/steel combination when the war was over (same game as in the 1st WW).
    Many thanks for the reply. My reference book is only up to 1918. Unusual for it to be found on the Somme battlefield. This must have been made early in the war.

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    On the Somme was also fought in the 2nd WW. You will find mixed ordnance everywhere.
    Search always English and US Bomb Fuzes!

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    Yes I know but I can assure you finding WW2 debris on the WW1 battlefields is quite rare. The best piece I have heard of is a complete PIAT found in a ditch near Albert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millsman View Post
    This must have been made early in the war.

    John
    If that is Rh S N on the fuze it was made 1933
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    Yes it is Rh S N.

    How do the letters translate to dates? Is RH the maker as in post #2?

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    Yes Manufaktur = Rheinmetall!
    Search always English and US Bomb Fuzes!

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    Rheinische Metallwarenfabrik in the town Sömmerda, short Rheinmetall Sömmerda (Rh.S.)
    A - 1925
    Z - 1926
    M - 1927
    T - 1928
    R - 1929
    B - 1930
    E - 1931
    O - 1932
    N - 1933
    K - 1934
    G - 1935
    S - 1936 (only P 08 made by Krieghoff)

    Bob
    any live or recovered ordnance shown in my posts was dealt with by trained EOD personnel

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