The Turkish Language, being a derivative of Central Asian Turkic Language group, but since the 1300s, has been using the Arabic Script ( due to Islam) to write the Turkish sounds ( how ever imperfectly, as Spoken Turkish is completely different from Spoken Arabic …But 600 years of adding Arabic Words to the Turkish Language has had its effect, especially in Ordnance Terminology ( although the Ottoman Turks also “Turkified” French, English and German Terms as well)
If One has not a good knowledge of Classical Turkish (Arabic) Script, one must fall back on the interpretations of the sounds from reading the script, letter by letter ( as in Arabic), transliterating it into Latin script, and then go looking for the work in a Modern Turkish Dictionary. The Turkish language was westernised in 1928-29, by decree. The Use of the Western Latin Alphabet along with a set of Diacritical Marks ( umlauts, cedillas, etc) to modify the Letters to particular Turkish pronunciations, simplified the Language, which was no longer met by the limitations of a purely “Arabic” script system.
The other thing I would please ask the owner of the “Turkish” Maxim ammo box…please take detailed measurements of the Box, LBD, th.of wood, size of Hinges, size of dovetails, handles, Latches, etc,etc, so that we, as Film Ordnance Services, can replicate the boxes for Film use…these wooden boxes were also used for MG08s, MG08/15s and Schwarzelose MGs during WW I before the late introduction of the pressed steel can in late 1917-8. ( Inch or Metric measurements are OK)
The Latch is especially important, since we can’t find any current maker of these “press latches” and have to make them ourselves.
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