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    Four 75mm mystery shells

    Bought these the other day in Belgium: four almost identical 75mm shells. Total height is 185 mm. Two of them have readable markings at the base: one is numbered 3616 and the other 3640.
    The one with the ogive top (nr. 1) has a drive-band that looks like brass or copper alloy. The nr. 2,3 and 4 looks like they are shrapnel shells.

    Not a clue of their origin or period of use. Any information highly appreciated.

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    Still a mystery.

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    No's 2,3,4 have typical Krupp mountain gun design (used since around 1900). The fired shells should have 28 grooves in the driving band.

    The first one has a very strange shape wich I have never seen. Can you take a picture of the fuze hole and count the grooves in the driving band?
    Last edited by Alpini; 16th October 2018 at 10:50 PM.

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    Hi Stefan,

    Many thanks for your confirmation regarding nr. 2, 3 and 4 which indeed have 28 groves as suggested. Do you happen to have any reference material showing the type of fuze for these?
    The nr. 1 with that special top has only 24 groves. Reason I obtained it was the 'Gruson' like top which intriged me. Encloded the requested details of the top. As you can see the thread is no longer there (or was never there in the first place?).

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