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Typical markings QF Smoke ammo 1934


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Not being a shell collector myself, I understand the smoke shell (phosphorus?) but I don't know what the target shell is.
according to Textbook Of Ammunition 1936 a Target Shell is a special smoke shellused to produce smoke clouds forming targets for anti-aircraft purposes,,according to the illustration in the 1936 book they have a time fuze,so i assume as it was used for AA practice that the fuze burn time was set to explode in the air leaving a cloud of coloured smoke..This is just my interpretation so if anyone can confirm or disproove please let us know

added note ref the No180 fuze shown this is a No80 converted for anti aircraft use,entering service in 1916 and declared obsolete 1948 (according to the list of fuzes i have)