[quote=“JohnMoss”]Clieuwens - you should open it. I have never heard of any Russian production of the 9mm Parabellum cartridge
until the recent years. Certainly not in WWII. Being a 16-round box, it may just be overlabeled German ammunition. If it is Russian, it will change everything we know. That’s why it is important to look inside these boxes. What good is it if you don’t know the contents - half the knowledge is lost.[/quote]
John, some few sources (from manufactuers) claim that there were 9x19 made in the USSR in the 1930’s and 1940’s. After 1945 the USSR definately had German 9x19 cartridges in stock large quantities. Hard to say what for exactly, just as reserve or for supporting other countries.
For sure we can say that after 1945 there were German 7.65mm PP/PPK issued to armed organs of the USSR. Not to forget that in about 1938 the Soviet NKVD received PP pistols and German ammunition (later used in Katyn).