Ammunition World War one


Does anyone have an idea of how much ammo there would be used during the great war 1914-1918, from both sides, Allied and Central powers?
Just ammo for rifles, MG’s and sidearms, no artillery rounds.



Hi lorre,
The appended graph is taken from: The Birmingham Cartridge Manufacturers, by C.W. Harding, Page 246.

The y-axis represents production in millions.



What was “Royal Ordnance”?


Royal Laboratories headstamp RL


Thanks Sam!


What was the difference between RL and GCF1 and GCF2? Just the name or some other status? Was RL government owned?




Some information here:


Thank You bdgreen!


U.S. ammunition manufacture in WW1. They made a lot! Many more women involved in all aspects than I had expected.


Thanks JohnS!


Sksvlad, to answer your question:
the government factories can, in my view, be compared to U.S. government owned, contractor operated (GOCO) factories. In simple terms, the government paid a contractor (usually an established ammunition maker) to erect and operate a factory. The system in Germany after 1933 worked in a very similar way. These were factories to satisfy high demand for the duration of a war or preparation for a war.
Royal Laboratories, on the other hand, was a purely government owned installation with a long tradition, not only for production, but also development. It can be compared with the German state arsenal at Spandau, or Frankford Arsenal in the U.S…