I know very little about German Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) exports during WWII. I know of the Swedish 7.9x57 ammo from both S&B and Brno and I think these had Swedish labels (Dutch Correct me). I know of 9mmP08 from Geco to Romania because these have Romanian labels. Lots of cases of German Army 9mm P08 was shipped to Finland during the war and the crates, and some of the ammo is relabeled with Finnish labels. I know that some captured aircraft and arms were transferred to other allied countries, and I assume that the ammunition captured with the weapons was transferred also. Items were shipped to Japan during the war, but almost all by submarine as I understand so the quantity must have been very small. With the blockade of shipping what countries could Germany export to beside the occupied countries??? The ones that come to mind, beside Sweden, are Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland who were all nominally independent and allied with Germany to one degree are another. Maybe there are others. Germany did major trade with Portugal for Tungsten which was smuggled out to Spain, but this was traded exclusively for gold as far as I have read.
Beside the three export above to Sweden, Finland and Romania, who was receiving SAA??? Perhaps Vichy France should be included above, but I do not believe they had any use for 9mm P08 ammunition before being occupied. I have searched on Google with no success—but I am not particularly competent and probably incompetent.
The fact that these boxes in German implies to me that they were probably for a German speaking customer. I know DWM 9mm Parabellum boxes in the late 30s were in Spanish, English, and I am told French as well as German. However, if anyone has a theory on who may have received this ammunition, I am very interested.
Peter, I agree that German officers, particularly more senior officers, and more senior Nazi officials had their own pistols, but these were usually 9mmK, 7.65mmB and 6.35mmB and boxes for these abound. There are even some Geco and RWS commercial style 9mm Parabellum boxes. The 9mmP ones I have documented all have commercial headstamps and all date from 1939 or earlier. I have added images below in various calibers. The calibers other than 9mmP are known with 1940s wartime dates.
My original question dealt with the two RWS boxes with no manufacturer information. The same style box was also produced by Geco and contain military headstamps (P405 & dnh) dated from 1940-1943.
An almost identical headstamp, but the the Geco name and location along the bottom is known-usually with commercial ammunition, but one with steel case dnh 44 cartridges is known.
The following RWS and Geco boxes are all made by Geco per their 1927 agreement. Note that most of the 9mmP boxes do not have the paper labels shown on the two here. These were jsut readily available images.