Hi Everyone, i came into possession of a 1942 Ammunition Casing. I am new to this area, but i got this from a family member who passed away and left this to me.
Whats the length of it and whats the calibre? Also were do you think it came from (nation)?
I am by far no expert but it looks naval.
Blockhaj - I am in . Australia. The Length is 15.5 cm in length and 4.5cm in diameter at the top and 5.5cm at the base. I think its a Mortar Shell but i have no idea. It has markings on the outside of the shell, but they have been added by hand as hand art. Its says: A-I-F, then down one side its says FINCHHAFEN, Oct 1943 then 9th Division.
I think its a 2-pounder pom pom aa gun but that one is 40 mm i caliber.
This is a 2Pr Tank and anti-tank case Australian made by MF case factory,Maribyrnong,Vic.
Very common used in Matilda tanks and the AT Gun. (40x304R)
It has been cut down.
Why would they cut it down? Also im curious if it is actually 4,5 cm at the top. Maybe it has been modified to be a pencil holder or som shit.
An example of so-called trench-art (case vandalism) and engraved for some souvenir or vase etc.
The cut at the mouth shows the thickness of the case, normally it is a necked case 40x304R .
Still nice to have if you collect these items. I prefer original cases.
Well a 2-pounder AT gun case then. Always a good start to a collection :D
Thanks gents. I will share some more i have had come into possession and these ones are about a meter to a meter and a half in length. I am picking one up this Friday that has screw thread at the top and is about 2 meters in length. Its huge and very heavy.
Just for illustration, at some point in it’s life (the beginning) the case looked like this.
Finschhafen - Papua New Guinea. Occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army on 10 March 1942 during World War II. Australian forces recaptured the town during the Huon Peninsula campaign on 2 October 1943.
Thanks Tim - That is very specific, so the etchings on the outside of the shell may have been done at that time?