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1916 British 18 Pounder Colouring?

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jimmy9fingers1

Hi All,

 

I have a 1916 dated inert 18 pound shell + shell head and fuse.

 

Could anybody shed any light on the colouring of the shell as it looks a little unorthodox.

 

The shell head is hollow, I'm guessing these weren't filled with shrapnel as the fuse doesn't appear to have a timer.

 

Although I know very little about these things.

 

Thanks,

 

Jim

 

A ww1 shell complete.jpg

A ww1 shell 1916.jpg

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MikB
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The colours are for HE, but I don't know if the paint's original - my guess would be not.

 

The fuze would presumably be impact and/or graze rather than timed, but there are plenty on here who'll know a lot more.

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jimmy9fingers1

Thanks MikB,

 

The paint is definitely not original, is HE an original paint scheme, please excuse my ignorance, I don't know what HE stands for, I will do some goolging,

 

Regards,

 

Jim   

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kmad

HE=High explosive

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MKC

The paint colours are for an HE shell filled with Amatol 80/20 (Ammonium Nitrate & TNT mix). Don't know about originality - the body seems to be quite rough, as if rusted and re-painted. The smooth driving band indicates an un-fired projectile (figures: not generally much left of a fired HE shell!).

 

The fuze appears to be/may be a 'Fuze, Percussion, No.101 with a Gaine, No.2'. 

 

Mike 

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jimmy9fingers1

Thanks chaps for some great info, I'm usually into British firearms and bayonets, but this caught my eye, Yes only the shell casing has been fired, I suspect the rest came from a stockpile after the war or somebody took it back as a souvenir. And MKC thanks for the more in depth facts

 

Jim

   

 

 

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