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199 Fuze Markings

Post by stejens » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:56 pm

Hello all,

I have given my unearthed fuze a small clean to reveal the markings and was hoping you fine experts could shed some light as to what they mean :D

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Re: 199 Fuze Markings

Post by Dave The Slave » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:04 pm

RL 11/39 = Date of Manufacture by Royal Laboratories, Woolwich Arsenal, London, November 1939.
Think it is from a 3.7 inch anti-aircraft gun.
There are more numbers to the right of the top photo.
RRPG or MMM, and others more knowledgable on WW2, will give you more info.
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Re: 199 Fuze Markings

Post by Dave The Slave » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:04 pm

Dave The Slave wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:04 pm
RL 11/39 = Date of Manufacture by Royal Laboratories, Woolwich Arsenal, London, November 1939.
Think it is from a 3.7 inch anti-aircraft gun.
There are more numbers to the right of the 2nd photo.
RRPG or MMM, and others more knowledgable on WW2, will give you more info.
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Re: 199 Fuze Markings

Post by JBM » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:27 pm

We still get plenty of these nose-cone fuses and their fragments around the Bristol area.

These timing ring fragments showered down from the AA guns situated around the city also shrapnel

Thats why when we were running for shelter it payed to keep your head covered. ::g Jerry.

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Re: 199 Fuze Markings

Post by MilitaryMetalMagnut » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:25 pm

As said, No.199 fuze for the 3.7 inch AA gun. ::g
Big pieces of ordnance, like this, typically have two dates. One date for the manufacture month and year, second date for what is known as a ‘fill date’. A fill date is when it was armed with its explosive compound normally at a second factory.

Yours was made at Royal Laboratories, Woolwich in November 1939, and filled that very same month. ::g

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Re: 199 Fuze Markings

Post by Wansdyke44 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:58 am

Give it a WD40 bath and you might be able to get it apart.
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Re: 199 Fuze Markings

Post by CookM » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:35 pm

Are there any wartime records of how many people were killed or injured by these falling lumps?

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Re: 199 Fuze Markings

Post by Wansdyke44 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:15 pm

CookM wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:35 pm
Are there any wartime records of how many people were killed or injured by these falling lumps?
Regional archives do hold records of incidents involving "object falling from the sky" believe it or not - (always makes me think of the old "chicken licken" childs story). But yes there are some records that give data for people being injured by shrapnel, falling bombs, buildings etc.

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