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Odd Fuze Identification Challenge


Simon127
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Hello all,

I'm trying to identify this rather unusual fuze which came from the Somme.  

I believe it to be one of the varieties of British 'graze' fuze (the top appears to be a little more than grazed!), but it is unusual (in my experience) in that it appears to be made from steel/iron as opposed to brass.  

If someone out there could provide some more information and a correct number for the little blighter, I'd be most grateful. 

Best wishes,

Simon

Graze Fuse - Somme 2.JPG

Graze Fuse - Somme 3.JPG

Graze Fuse - Somme 4.JPG

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It's an interesting one since most WW1-era fuses were made from brass/bronze/aluminum which I assume was done because it was easier or less costly to machine? Initial thoughts is that might be a German percussion fuse fitted to an anti-tank round?

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good morning,

it is a striking fuze No. 101 (English).

regards

michel

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British iron fuzes are indeed rather uncommon, but they can be found every now and then.

Jan

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Gents,

Thank you one and all for your input.  I believed it to be something in the 'No. 100 and something' series, but it's great to know the specific number.  

In a gesture of sheer opportunism, I thought I'd see whether anyone can definitively identify the other one I have.  I believe it's a No. 106 fuze.  Iit was found near Morval and appears to have a 1918 date.    

Best,

Simon

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The fuze is a No.106 MkIIA, that seems to have been made in May 1918 (and from what is left of the monogram, possibly by Edouard Dubied & Co., Leicester - only a handful of companies made the MkIIA). It was filled at NFF3 Perivale in June 1918.

 

265

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Fantastic information.  Thanks so much, 265.  I'll never look at Perivale the same way!  

Simon      

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