German 37 mm Pom Pom catridge and projectile

Production date
1917
Country
Germany
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Object detail

Description
Inert German 37 mm Pom Pom catridge and projectile (sans primer).
Classification
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Ordnance shell
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Ordnance projectile
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Ordnance ammunition breach loading
CH classification MILITARY Army battlefield souvenirs
Production date
1917
Production place
Measurements
L170 x 37 mm (calibre)
History and use
Developed in the late 19th Century the QF (quick firing) 1 pounder, universally known as the pom-pom due to the sound of its discharge, was the world’s first rapid firing autocannon.

It could fire explosive shells at a rate of over 200 rounds a minute - much faster than conventional artillery - while possessing a much longer range and more firepower than the infantry rifle.

Britain and Germany both used 37 mm pom poms as anti-aircraft weapons.

This German Pom Pom cartridge, made by Patronenfabrik at Karlsruhe in 1917, was dnated in 1973 by Frederick Stanley Colliver who, in turn, acquired this item as part of the estate of well known Catholic priest and book collector, Edward Leo Hayes (1889-1967).
Registration number
H10383

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