Shell 4.5in HE Shrapnel

Catalogue number
  • MUN 661
Display status
IWM North
  • metal
  • general: Length 280 mm
  • general: Diameter 115 mm
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: Shell 4.5in HE Shrapnel
  • SIMPLE NAME: projectile : British
Object Type
weapons and ammunition
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British First World War 4.5in shrapnel shell associated with the 4.5in QF Field Howitzer. An example of the 4.5in QF Field Howitzer Mk I is on display at Duxford Airfield.

Physical description

shell this British First World War 4.5in shrapnel shell is made of forged steel, with a single copper driving band. (As there are no rifling marks in the band, it has not been fired). The interior of the shell is lined with paper, and contains about 481-492 metal balls (35 balls per lb), supported by a steel disc over a tin cup at the base, which would contain a bursting charge of 3oz powder. There is no nose fuze fitted, but a typical one would be the Fuze, Time & Percussion No 82.

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