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Old 29-07-21, 11:43
sebastien godin sebastien godin is offline
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Default Canadian 3.7A.A.H.E metal box

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I need your help on this box.
This is a 3.7 A.A.H.E metal box, dated 1942 with canadian stamp and French words (?)

It would have been found at north of Caen.













4/50, is it a date ?


Converted 6/51, is it a date ?


French words "SANS RELAIS", painted with same red paint than War Depatment stamp. Does it is WW2 ? a used by French army after war ?
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Old 29-07-21, 12:12
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Default 3.7AA Ammunition Box

Everything in the SWW militaria world is apparently found 'north of Caen'. The box and original markings are from the SWW but the French markings indicate post-SWW use. What you have is an excellence example of post-SWW Mutual Aid to a NATO Ally and should be preserved as such as history did not stop in 1945. Congratulations on a nice find!
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Old 29-07-21, 14:24
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Everything in the SWW militaria world is apparently found 'north of Caen'.



Thank you for your answer.

have a nice day.

seb
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Old 29-07-21, 15:07
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Hello,


I need your help on this box.
This is a 3.7 A.A.H.E metal box, dated 1942 with canadian stamp and French words (?)

French words "SANS RELAIS", painted with same red paint than War Depatment stamp. Does it is WW2 ? a used by French army after war ?
The War Department stamp is a superseded Commonwealth system of Safety Class for transport, Class 6 being Explosives. These days, it is replaced by the UN Code for Dangerous Goods, now Class 1.1E Explosives.
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Old 30-07-21, 02:03
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Hi Sebastien,

I can assist with the interpretation of some of the markings, if this would help.

Image 1:
XXX in red indicates the ammunition is suitable for use in hot climates, so essentially all climatic conditions.
3.7 is the gun calibre, ie the 3.7 inch Heavy Anti-aircraft gun.
B843A is the ammunition batch number and sub-batch ID letter.
TNT indicates the explosive type inside the projectile

Image 2: the yellow markings are WW2, the white markings are post-war overwriting. Note the 'AA HE' has been blanked out in white. See image 3 below for the reason.

The 'L' in a square indicates the propellant is Flashless Non-hygroscopic nitro-cellulose powder usually abbreviated to FNH or FNH/P.
Other markings as per image 1.

Image 3: the yellow stripe indicates the ammunition within the box has been converted for practice purposes.
FCC is the Fuze Factor Correction.

Image 5: yellow stripe = ammunition converted for practice purposes

Image 8: The rounds were examined by an ammunition technician for any defects in April 1950.

Image 9: 'Converted 6/51'

Image 10: as per Tony's comments regarding the explosive label.

Hope that helps. A fine example of an ammunition container with plenty of verifiable markings.

Mike
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