Can someone please post a picture of a 16-round box with Luftwaffe markings on it, as alluded to by Lew. I have never seen one, and would like to know what to look for.
Regarding WWII-era production, the R.M.R.K., in my understanding, was just what the name implies - a Ministry for War Production - which controlled all three services of the Wehrmacht. However, I think it was the Heeres Waffenamt that governed ammunition production for the German Army. Whether or not it was the R.M.R.K. or the WaA that controlled ammunition supplies to the other branches of the Wehrmacht, I simply do not know.
It is not surprising that the Navy had its own style of container for the Pistolenpatronen 08, watertight, which the cardboard 832 round (also divisible by 16) was certainly not. However, from the WWII era, has anyone seen one of these actually marked specifically for the Luftwaffe or the Kriegmarinen (or for the matter, specifically for the Heer), on the original labeling? Even if designed by some Army Authority, that does not preclude use by all branches of the Wehrmacht.
While I have one of the Navy boxes from “D. W. & M. K.” it is marked somewhat differently from the ones pictured above. The left-hand block of the top label says, not rubber stamped but with the original printing, “16 9 mm Patr. f. Pistole 04.” Those “for Pistol 04” markings appear to have been added by rubber stamp to the labels shown by Lew. The date of my box is hard to read, but appears to be of manufacture on 19 August 1914 (19.8.14) and beneath the primer marking line in the right hand block of of the top label says “Grötzingen,” printed on the label originally, not added by rubber stamp.
The interesting thing to me is that none of the Navy labels actually refer to the Cartridge as “9 mm Patrone 04.” What they actually say, including the very early one, is that the box contains 9 mm Cartridges for (expressed as “zur” on the early box and “f.” abbreviation for “fur” on the later one) the Pistol 04. The 04 designation is actually referring to the pistol and not to the cartridges, which are identified solely as 9 mm cartridges for 04 pistol. See picture below, of 1914 box for the Navy type “04” pistol, as well as two of the WWII vintage 832 round containers for the Pistolenpatrone 08 m.E.
Can someone post a picture of the page in the Navy manual alluded to that calls the ammunition ITSELF, “04” so we can document that as being that actual name of the cartridge. Of course, for ammunition made before 1908, the cartridge designation could not have been “Pistolenpatrone 08,” so perhaps is was designated “04,” but it would be nice to document it.
Edit - I did not see Peelen’s last entry before posting mine, which was interrupted during the typing of it by a long phone call. Not sure that it really changes anything in my entry above, however. I still have much the same questions in trying to actually document this label-thing.