Help in identifying an artillery shell (or bomb?)


A friend of mine had found this shell near her house recently, the autorities took care of it, but we were still wondering what this could be. MK8 was painted on it, it was about 4ft long. Would this be something left there by the military, or could it just be something that could be found in a surplus, or even created by someone? Any help would be appreciated, many thanks in advance!IMG_2652

Do you have better images?

The items looks like factory made ordnance. So it appears like a military item and well could have contained energetic materials.

As far as I see it could be a depth charge.

In which country/location was this item recovered?

Probably a “Squid” anti-submarine mortar projectile. Used by Brits and their friends. Here is a photo of one on a Canadian ship in 2007. I think the yellow may indicate an exercise/drill round, but am not sure about that.

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Thanks!!! It was found in Canada, so it makes perfect sense. Based on your info I have found one with the same yellow pattern in the second picture second here :

It looked like the mortar had not been there for very long, since it was not buried at all in the ground and in relatively good shape. Would you know why this could be in civilian hands, would it be possible that there were given as souvenirs after they were decomissionned?

Many thanks again for the help!!

If, as I suspect, this is a non-explosive dummy used for training loading crews, they would have been disposed of when no longer needed. As a non-explosive item that could have been as simple as placing in a trash dumpster, or perhaps sold off as scrap metal.
Of course, since it looks like something that might go “BOOM!” lots of people might get worried if they found it, so authorities would dispose of it. That can range from simply hauling it away, to using it as an excuse to do the full explosive ordnance disposal routine with x-rays, hauling to safe area and blasting it with an explosive charge to detonate it if there is anything explosive inside. Better safe than sorry, I guess, and if they practice on even inert objects they will be better prepared for a real explosive device.

A bit of info:

Wow, many thanks to everyone for all the information, it’s really appreciated! Even though we’ll probably never know why this mortar was abandoned on someone’s land, the reading and reasearch was very interesting!