Top Label Red Overstamp: “In Clips”
“20 Pistol Cartridges. Model 43 with Iron (steel) Core”
" 1944 Polte Lot 71"
" Nitrocellulose Tubular Powder" ( 1mm x 0,8 OD x 0,2 ID) 1944 rdf (maker) lot 9, Charge 1,57 grams (24,225 grains).
Cartridge case (Steel) 1944 Polte Bullet 1944 Polte
Primer: Model 30/40 ( noncorrosive) 1944 eem Lot.193
“In Clips” (red overstamp)
1944 Polte Lot 9
Nz RP (xxxxx) 1942 rdf Lot 9, 1,58 grams [ heavier load), older powder.]
Cartridge case (Steel) “Jahrg. xxx. Versuch” (? Year? Research-- “Trials” cases?)
Bullets 1944 Polte Lot 70
Primer 30/40 (non corr) faa lot 271.
Key to German Abbreviations:
Pist.Patr. Pistolen Patrone ( the 7,9x33 cartridge was initially named a “pistol” cartridge to disguise its function, not so much from the Russians, but from Hitler.
Nz R P Nitrozellulosen Rorhren Pulver (NC Tubular Powder, single base);
Powder was described by dimensions and shape, and occasionally usage.
Zdh : Zundhutchen (primer) Models 30 and 30/40 were noncorrosive compositions, and the cups were steel or zinc plated steel.
The Factory codes ( faa, eem,aux,fbf) are from the long list of German wartime factory codes, (1940-45)
Polte was the designer, developer and major supplier of 7,9 PP 43mE ammo during WW II, so the use of trial run cases, (as per label) and the Possibility that this packet has been re-used a couple of times, should also be taken into account ( given the mixed nature of the ammo in it.)
The clips are also recycled ( a 1940, a 1939, and two 44s) so this is basically a mid to end 1944 production (given the late Lot number on the top label)…check Kent or Windisch for the Lotting analysis of PP43 ammo), when all resources were being used.
So I would say this packet was already into its third filling (maybe even early 1945) without a third top Label, given that the ammo was 1944 Polte anyway.
Magdeburg, being west of Berlin, only fell after Berlin in April/May 45, and was probably still producing when occupied…Actually, I think the US Army occupied it first… and afterwards handed it over to the Russians ( The British managed to get a lot of the Paper documentation from Polte before this hand over, as did the Americans)…the Polte Docs were eventually returned to the BundesArchiv in the late 1980s (at Koblenz), mostly unresearched.
Interesting Packet which shows the chaos of the last year of the War.