Vince, I know they were manufacturing ammo before the war. I have a 9x19mm headstamped "FOMU * " and I know John M has the following:
9 mm kurz - 6 variations dating from 1934 to 1940
7.65 mm Browning - 1 variation, undated (star in place of date)
6.35 mm Browning - 1 variation, undated (star in place of date)
9 mm Steyr - 2 variations dated 936 and 1940
8 mm Roth-Steyr - 1 variation, undated (star in place of date)
If someone has any other variations of the FOMU in autopistol rounds I’m sure John would be interested!
The official name of the factory was “Factory of Arms and Ammunition in Uzice” - FOMU.
The only 9x19mm I know of, have only seen a few, have the star but not the date.
I suspect they also made rifle rounds before the war. If I read the PPU history correctly, they just moved their machinery into the bank vault tunnel so I suspect there is no reason that they couldn’t continue to manufacture ammo.
I would love to know what ammo they made or remade, including the headstamps. Did they continue to use the FOMU headstamp???
I decided to take a long shot so I just sent them the following email. I hope they reply!
The history of your production during the WWII period has been a subject of particular interest on the Forum of the International Ammunition Association ( Covert Ammunition Factory in Yugoslavia in WWII ),
The discussion centers on three questions:
- Did you make ammunition in your tunnel factory or simply reload ammunition?
2 What calibers of ammunition were produced during the war?
- What headstamp (base marking) was used on this ammunition? Was it the FOMU used before the war or did you introduce a Partizan headstamp? Perhaps no headstamp was used at all, like on some of your early post-war 9mm Para before the introduction of your use of the “11” code?
Any thoughts or information would be greatly appreciated. You can join the Forum and post it yourself or you can send it to me and I will post it for you.
This is a very interesting and significant part of the history of ammunition production in Europe. I hope it is worth your time and effort to make this information public.
Thanks for your time and assistance.