[quote=“Buster”]The attached pictures allege to show a WW1 German aluminium case. The case came from the Freddy Mead collection, but I cannot vouch for what is written on the card. Did the Germans make experimental aluminium cases in WW1 and is there any way of verifying this? Are there any drawings?
Thanks in advance.
The development started in 1892 by Polte trying to replace brass cases by aluminium.
In 1907 Polte tried it again. Both times it was not successful. John described this round.
The testing in 1909 was more successful with a material called “Duraluminium”.
This cartridge is known from finding a crashed German plain behind the French lines in 1915.
An airplane could take more 7,9 ammo with him with the same weight.
The cartridge made so many problems (cracked cases, ripped of bottom, oxidation between case and primer) that it the development was stopped.
About the label with your 7,9 case.
I do not think this round is from 1916/17 but from 1915.
Probably made by DWM (no proof about that)
btw. DWM Lübeck started the production of 7,9 Mauser in 1936