Original German WWII 3.7 cm Flak 18 AA Gun Ammunition Shell Case
Original Item: Only One Available. The 3.7 cm Flak 18/36/37/43 was a series of anti-aircraft cannon produced by NSDAP Germany that saw widespread service in the Second World War. The cannon was fully automatic and effective against aircraft flying at altitudes up to 4,200 m. The cannon was produced in both towed and self-propelled versions. Having a flexible doctrine, the Germans used their anti-aircraft pieces in ground support roles as well; 37 mm caliber guns were no exception to that. With Germany's defeat, production ceased and, overall, 37 mm caliber anti-aircraft cannon fell into gradual disuse.
This ammunition box was used to safely transport FLAK shells. The case itself is nearly identical to the German WWII M24 Stick Grenade Case, however the internal rack is different. This excellent example is in the correct dunkelgelb color paint with original black paint stencil on the exterior writing that reads:
Internally the condition is pristine with a complete early style rack that concepts of locking bars that would hold the shells in place, some versions of the rack were designed with specific places for the shells, but the this style used only locking bars. There is also an original orange paper label still stuck to the interior that reads:
3,7 cm Mgr. Patr. 18 L’spur
3,7 cm Kpf. Z. Zerl. P. v.
Wr. 15.6.44 D2 N
Dlg.R.P.8.2- (SO Fes
This is a rare box as for a gun that decimated Allied planes as they approached the French coast and the major German cities, a must for any German WW2 artillery or ordnance collection.
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