I recently picked up a normal looking 16 rd box, lot 49 of 1944. The interesting thing about it is that the headstamp headstamp is “faa St+ 8 44” indicating it was made by DWM Karlsruhe!!! The bullet is 1944 dnh production and the primer was made in 1943 by eem. Boxes marked lot 52 and 58 of 1944 also contain rounds with the same faa headstamp as lot 49.
In addition dnh lot 86 contains faa headstamped cases from lot 12 off 1944, but the label indicates the cases were faa lot 11.
Further, I know of two faa headstamped SE loads from 1944 (lot 7 in my collection and lot 6 documented). Both have black case-mouth seals which are common on Geco (dnh) P08SE cartridges but are only encountered on these two faa headstamped rounds. Unfortunately, i don’t have a box for either of these cartridges.
These four boxes are the only ones I have for faa headstamped P08 ammunition I have from 1944. All my faa loaded boxes are from 1943 or earlier! Based on this small sample, it would appear that DWM Karlsruhe stopped loading P08 ammunition about the end of 1943, but continued to made cases which were shipped to Geco for loading.
I do have Geco (dnh) headstamped cases from 1944 with headstamps 1 to 10. I have a number of boxes with lot numbers through 93 of 1944.
Does anyone know why this curious arrangement existed in 1944???
Was DWM bombed and the P08 loading facility destroyed, but the case facility survived, or was the loading facility converted to another caliber???
Information or theories are welcome.