Collecting cartridge boxes can become an affliction, and is even worse when you branch out into cartons and cases-just ask my wife!
I try to keep the carton and case accumulation under control but sometimes am tempted. Recently, a friend found an interesting case at a “junk” store that I couldn’t live without. The case was only $25, but the shipping was more than that.
The case was interesting because it is a WWII (1943) Canadian Military box, which I had not documented before, and because it also had Danish labels on it.
I assume it was Canadian ammo (40-64rd boxes) shipped to the Danish military after WWII and remarked in Denmark. I assume the designation “M. 45 E.” indicated it was British ammunition and that this crate had the Danish label attached in the 1950s based on the date on the bottom of the Danish label.
Inside the box are two metal boxes with lift out straps, both are missing their tops. I assume these are original since they are a perfect fit for the Canadian 64rd boxes. Can someone confirm that these are the original Canadian WWII crate configuration? I ask since the wood spacers inside the crate that keep the metal boxes in place look newer than the crate itself.
The metal boxes have a blue cross painted across them with a symbol in the middle which I assume is Canadian since it includes the Broad Arrow. What is the meaning of this symbol (illustrated below)?
What is the meaning of the blue bands on both the crate and the two metal boxes? Since they are under the Canadian labels they must be Canadian in origin.
Finally, a translation of the pink label in Danish would be appreciated.