Original U.S. WWII D-Day Army 10 Cap Blasting Machine with Handle by White-Rodgers Elec. Co. - Demolition Team
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an original WWII U.S. Army 10 Cap Blasting Machine, complete with the original handle. These were used by demolition crews on D-day to destroy the many obstacles on French beaches that had been set up during years of German occupation. The "10 Cap" nomenclature indicates that up to 10 "Blasting cap" detonators can be set off at one time.
This particular example has a brass lower housing, with a lid that appears to be zinc or aluminum, with a data plate on the side with information and instructions. The Data plate reads:
THIS MACHINE MAY LOSE
CAPACITY TEMPORARILY; TO
RESTORE, TWIST THE HANDLE
VIGOROUSLY A FEW TIMES.
WHITE-RODGERS ELEC. CO.
ST. LOUIS, MO.
TYPE 6901 NO. 1
SERIAL NO. 18082
MADE IN U.S.A.
The Blasting Machine comes complete with the original intact twist handle, still attached by a chain, as well as the original leather carrying strap, attached to the buttons on the sides. It has however been modified post war by rewiring the terminals into an attached cable, which has a three pin attachment on the end. These machines were very popular in the civilian industry, so it may have been reworked for more modern charge setups.
Condition is very good, with lots of the original black crinkle paint still present on the housing. The finish on the handle is good, with some wear through due to age. The unit still properly turns, though we do not know if it is functional.
Offered in very good condition, with the expected wear of age. Ready to display!
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