In a recent thread there was a discussion of the origins of the PCH heastamped 7.9mm ammunition that was used in Spain during the civil war. The consensus was that the P C H headstamp is not Greek.
I have 3 major types of PCH headstamps in my collection. It is my opinion that one of the types (the 1st ones shown in the scans) IS of Greek manufacture. Here are my reasons:
The fonts of the numerals in the dates are identical (or very close) to the numerals in the normal Greek headstamped ammo of the same dates.
TonyE writes “The British purchase of Greek PCH ammunition was for operational use of the BESA, not for trials. The initial contract dated 29.3.1940 (294/C/6271) was for 169,195,000 rounds of Ball mark Iz. There was at least one further contract for AP rounds.
The first deliveries of ball were headstamped PCH 39 and PCH 40, but then rounds were specifically headstamped for the British contract with PC 40 IZ. The ball rounds had a purple annulus and the AP rounds a green one. Some AP rounds had a “W” overstamped in front of the “IZ”.”
Some P C H 39 and P C H 40 rounds can be found with a purple annulus which would be consistent with them being part of the 1940 contract for the U.K. I would think it to be very strange if Germany was supplying Greece with ammunition to be shipped to Great Britain in 1940.
The second group is those with different fonts, arraignments, added symbols etc.
The third group is just examples of some of the boxes the ammo came in.