26.5mm Flares


#1

I just received some aluminum 26.5mm flares and need some help in identifying exactly what I have.

There are two different headstamps. “irv date” and “VAW” Who are these makers. I assume these flares are all German.

What type of flare are the following:

1–26.5 x 135mm–3 red stripes on the case.

2–26.5 x 135mm–1 blue stripe on the case.

3–26.5 x 135mm–1 black stripe on the case.

4–26.5 x 150mm–1 wide white stripe–DM 516 FALLSCHIRM, GELB printed on the case.

5–26.5 x 150mm–1 wide white stripe and a yellow parachute symbol.

On #4 & #5, 1/2 of the rim is serrated. What does that mean?

How many other types of these flares are there and what are their identifying marks?

Thanks for any help.


#2

Hi Ron,

your cartridges are:
1 czech “red rain” (6 red stars)
2 czech blue smoke
3 czech black smoke or shrapnell
4 Parachute Flare cartridge yellow DM = Deutsches Modell (German Model)
5 the same, later model

irv = Zeveta Bojkovice, Czechoslovakia
VAW = Vereinigte Aluminium-Werke Germany
1/2 of the rim serrated = white or yellow signal (plain = green, full rimmed = red)

hope, this helps


#3

Flare–Thank you for all the information. With the DM 516 designation I assumed they were German flares. I am surprised they are Czech. Do you know if there are other types?


#4

Hi Ron,

the number 1;2 and 3 are czech, the number 4 and 5 are german


#5

Hi Ron,

look here
38prapor.cz/foto/rezy/rezy04.jpg

Horst


#6

I took the liberty of cleaning up the technical poster image for the flares, and found the other one from that site and cleaned it up also. I also found a nice 7.62x39 technical poster:

The link at http://38prapor.cz/foto/rezy/ has loads of old Czech technical posters for fuses, grenades, guns and artillery/mortar shells.


#7

Hi,

the second poster shows the earlier steel cartridges like the german from WWII. There are used between 1948 and 1958.

Regards Horst


#8

Flare & DKConfiguration–Thank you both for the FANTASTIC posters of the flares and the the 7.62x39’s.