Friday, 17 February 2012

Shell Casing

Spent some time in the woods today, i decided to go a wander to see what was what and purely by chance i looked down a rabbit hole and saw a cylinder that was far too smooth to be a piece of wood, so i bent down and picked up the the item pictured.

It's in fair nick and has two sets on markings on it, one set says WII the other set K41 or K47, cant quite make it out, now we know these woods were used during the war by the Canadians, as there are still some of the old slit trenches around as well as all manner of other things, like concrete bases and big lumps of iron sticking up out of the ground.

Anyway, measuring the top of the case the shell diameter was half an inch, most probably anti aircraft or something like that id guess, ive sent off pictures, dimensions & markings to a chap who is the bees knees when it comes to identifying shells & shell cases, so will see what he has to say about it.

It's probably nothing overly exciting to most, but i find things like this fascinating, it's a direct link to our past, albeit the recent past.


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  1. It appears to be a belted magnum, which is usually a sporting firearm cartridge rather than a military one. The belt refers to the little rim just above the groove in the base of the cartridge. The cartridge appears to be missing the neck, which would be a short straight section just above the taper.

    Here is a link to "Belted Magnum"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belted_magnum

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    1. I would seriously doubt it's a sporting round Bill, after all this is the UK ;-), the casing is 3.5 inches long and 3/4 inch in diameter, since i made the original post i have found a date on the base, albeit very faint, that reads 1941, which tally's with the Canadian Armed Forces using the woods for live fire training, further suggestions have indicated it is most probably a round from an Enfield Anti Tank Rifle in .55 Calibre

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    2. You are probably right. I couldn't tell the size of the base of the cartridge. The belted magnum was invented by the British for big game hunting. There are .50 caliber big game hunting rounds, but I'm not familiar with them. The cartridge that I would have picked is the .50 BMG, but it's not belted.

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  2. Wow, that is treasure with more value than gold because it's a relic from the greatest war the world has ever known. Your ancestors and mine fought in that war. No shades of grey, just good against evil, freedom against tyranny. That shell was used to save the world from slavery. Somewhere, at some time, a man held it and used it. I wonder what his thoughts were? They probably weren't on that shell, but maybe on the threat facing him, maybe his family back home, maybe just that he was hungry, scared or cold. What you found was a tangible piece of history in it's purest form. Congratulations brother and thanks for sharing.

    Stan

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    1. Thanks Stan, perfect words as always

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