I was dealing with some French headstamps recently, something new to me, and found that they seem to have marked their ammo with 2 codes. One seems to be for making the case and I assume the other marks the maker of the completed cartridge. (DE at 9:00 and BD at 3:00 as example) Was this common among European makers or something just the French do?
If I am correct and the brass is made in one place and the cartridge loaded in another, where is the headstamp made? Is part done at one and finished at another?
Lastly, would French made ammo, made during the period of occupation, be marked as other (pre-war) French ammo or as German-made?
I appreciate any education you folks could give me, or recommendations. (Be nice… Ray and Rick.)