Dan Kent’s book suggests that the “sorte” markings used by the Germans were only used on brass cases reloaded for use as Platzpatrone 33 cartridges. Once the steel case was in full production, there were enough extra cases to load, that there was no longer a need to reload fired cases.
I recall having a copper washed steel cased Platzpatrone 33 cartridge with a “sorte ring” marking. Could this case have been mistakenly mixed in with brass ones for reloading, or were steel cases also reloaded and “Sorte” marked?
Any idea when this practice stopped, or did it go on until the end of the war?