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Part of a shell from Mafeking 3 months 3 days ago #79138

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A very interesting (and very heavy) artefact from the Scout Heritage Collection is this fragment of the base of a shell from Mafeking.

There are no identifying marks on the portion.

The fragment has a felt base so I can imagine it resting on BP's desk as a great memento and talking point.


Pictures courtesy of the Scouts Heritage Collection

This gives an idea of the dimensions of the fragment.



Dr David Biggins
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Part of a shell from Mafeking 3 months 3 days ago #79145

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David,

This looks like the base of a 75 mm Krupp QF segment shell. Intact example shown below.
Also a photograph of a group of three BL examples (these ones fired into Kimberley), showing the distinctive segments, which would have sat in the eight recesses in BP's fragment.

The higher position of the driving band indicates that this is a QF round rather than BL.

Would it be possible to add these posts to the Artillery and Ammunition topic?





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Comparison between BL & QF base fragments ... The QF shell has a circular recess in the centre of the base

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