I have a German 20x138B FlaK round. It has a brown lacquered steel case headstamped “eej * [waffenamt over 767] 44 34d”. The primer cup is brass and sealed with red annulus. The projectile is steel and has an Aluminium fuse which can be unscrewed. The projectile is marked “44 bywtf [Waffenamt over WaA411] W”. Driving band is steel. Projectile has extremely faint traces of red paint around the driving band and 6mm above it. The yellow is from the fuse to around 20mm below the fuse. The fuse is marked “AZ49 gla 44 290 [Waffenamt over 600]”. The projectile is (obviously) empty, and has a small hole in the bottom of the cavity.
Anyway, after a long description, is this round a HEIT/SD loading? Can anone post a photo of one with the paint intact? Should I repaint it or is that a no-no with collectors?
This also appears to be chemically pitted around the belt/extractor groove/case head area, any ideas as to how/why this may have happened?
Here is a photo of the round:
The red paint on the projectile can just be made out but the yellow cannot.
Even though I try to specialise in British stuff, I had to have this when I saw it, the seller wanted