shell & cartridge case
common pointed shell with brass cartridge case
Collected by M Handford in March 1946 when serving with Royal Army Service Corps at Kure, Japan with the British occupation forces. This type of ammunition was exported from Britain in the 1920s and 1930s along with Vickers 40mm anti-aircraft guns for use by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The weapons were similar to the British 2-pdr Pom-Pom and the ammunition appears identical. Markings indicate that the shell case was surplus British First World War stock and exported, then inspected and marked at a Japanese arsenal.
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