Wednesday, November 09, 2016

WWII German 88mm fuse

Here's an interesting item I inherited from my late father-in-law.

It's a German artillery shell fuse and its bakelite case. For safety, the Germans kept the shells and the fuses separate until ready for use. The fuses, being more delicate, were shipped in bakelite cases.

This particular fuse is most likely for an 88mm gun, most commonly used for antiaircraft and antitank action. At least the consensus on one of the Facebook militaria groups is that it's for an 88.

That makes sense because my late father-in-law was in the 144th Field Artillery Group. He told me they captured a few 88s as they fought their way across France and down through Germany to Bavaria and eventually Austria. He said they added the German guns to their inventory, so it would be natural that he would have had access to 88mm fuses.

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