ROMANIAN case headstamps needed! Reward offered!



for my “Soviet Cannon” book I researched the manufacturer codes of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact states. Although I could identify most of the ordnance manufacturers of these countries, Romania is still a field with many questionmarks.

Still unknown to me are the manufacturer codes of Romanian large calibre (artillery) cartridge cases. I know who the main manufacturer is (MC Metrom), but as no specimens of Romanian cartridge cases from the Communist era have shown up so far, I still do not know which code number they used.

Does anybody have a Romanian cartridge case (post WWII) in his collection, or an artillery case with unidentified markings (according to the Soviet marking schemed, but in latin letters)?
The Romanians usually used three-digit number codes, whereas the last number indicated the last digit of the year of production.

I would be very interested in seeing any headstamp markings or any stencilled markings on the sides of artillery cases that seem to be Warsaw Pact but could not be identified so far.

For the first person to post some headstamp pictures of a true post-WWII Romanian artillery case here, I am offering a free copy of my drawings documentaion of Soviet ammo.

Thanks very much for your help!

  • @ russianammo: I’m doing my best to find exactly what you want but so far nothing. Back in Romania I had (not exactly legally) some fired (inert) small caliber shell cases (6.5mm, 7.62mm, 7.92mm and 9mm) but with the artillery shell cases was quite different. The artillery guns were fired only in special areas of training or at the testing grounds and nobody could take home a large fired shell case since all these items had to be send back to the ammo plants. During the communist years of government rule (1945-1990), the punishment for having home even inert ammo (fired shell cases, dummies, etc.) was very severe. Any part of a gun (bayonet, magazine, etc.) could send the owner to long years of prison. Liviu 07/05/11 P.S. Even having “trench art” shell cases was no joke for the owner who could get into trouble.


Well, in a few years we will be having laws like these again in Europe…

  • @ russianammo: I may have something for you. I’ll e-mail you in a few days. Liviu 07/06/11