I picked up these two interesting boxes at ECRA. The first very superficially resembles a normal WWII Army box, but is very different. The label contents lack any of the data required on German military boxes from the period.
This ammo was loaded in 1944 as is obvious since since the box makers stamp indicates the box was made in 1944.
In addition the cartridges in the box have different dates and lots which vary from 7-43 to 7-44 with most being lots 17-43 and 19-43. The last known case lot of 9mm P08 ammunition documented is 12-44.
Since, in 1944, there were essentially no commercial customers for P08 ammunition, and this is clearly not a German military box, it is almost surely intended for some element of the Nazi organizations who were not being supplied by the military.
A translation of this label would be appreciated.
The second box, by Polte, is about 10 years earlier than the DWM box. It seems likely that it was probably a relatively small lot (18-35) since the label with the data areas blank and the load data, including quantity was handwritten.
The cartridge (hst: P * 24 34) is entirely ordinary. Earlier and later boxes in my collection are fully printed. The use of 1934 cases on Lot 18-35 ammunition seems resonable since My box with headstramp ( * 9 35) is load lot 44-35. Perhaps the printed labels for this lot did not arrive, or arrive on time and some, perhaps all of the labels had to be completed by hand.
Has anyone seen similar box labels from the period?
Other explanations are welcome.