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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 22:20 pm 
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Does anyone have any information on the boxes that these came in? I know there was 4 types but I'm not sure why.

4 types of rounds (HE, Smoke, Chemical, Practice) were contained in boxes B166, B162, B161 or B160

Smoke observing, Chemical and Star were contained in B173

Sizes:
B160 20.5" x 14" x 10.7"
B161 20.5" x 14" x 10.7"
B162 21.1" x 10.75" x 14.8"
B166 19.8" x 9.1" x 13"
B173 21.9" x 9" x 13.2"

All boxes contained 6 rounds so it could have been any of them.

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B167A will hold a pair of the metal framed 3" mortar bomb carriers that each held two rounds (four rounds per box). My example is dated 1945 which is pressed into the lid and the mortar bomb carrier has 1945 stencil painted cardboard tubes.

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Are you getting confused with the 2" Mortar rounds? B167 was used for 2 inch and as stated in my post the boxes I listed held 6 rounds each. If these carriers hold 2 rounds per tube then the maths doesn't work.

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Read what I posted again...

I said box B167A was for a pair of items which you have pictured at the top of the thread. Your item has two tubes which each hold a single round. Two of those items completely fill up box B167A meaning a total of four 3-inch bombs. Box B167 is similar in size but has dividers for three 2-inch carriers holding a total of 18 2-inch bombs.

The earlier pattern unframed carriers each had three tubes and the boxes held a pair making six 3-inch bombs per box.

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Ahh, apologies, I've been eating cheese :P

It was my misreading of your post that led to MY confusion. So these are a later type of carrier introduced after my source information (1943)?

Just had a thought, do your tubes indicate what the round was?

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The metal framed bomb carriers for the 2-inch and 3-inch mortars both were introduced in 1945. I've thus far found no documentation as to why they wanted to carry a smaller quantity of bombs in a given box. As for markings on my example, the tubes each have a single wide yellow band painted around the center which would indicate high explosive rounds and the metal box is stenciled 3 IN. MOR. H.E.

The stencils on the tubes you posted look like examples I have seen which were produced during the 1950's. They are identical to the wartime version with the exception of the stencils. The metal framed carrier should also have a date code stamped at one of the ends.

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horsa wrote:
B167A will hold a pair of the metal framed 3" mortar bomb carriers that each held two rounds (four rounds per box). My example is dated 1945 which is pressed into the lid and the mortar bomb carrier has 1945 stencil painted cardboard tubes.


Just found a box that belonged to my grandfather. Numbers on the lid are:
B167A
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BLSP
1994

What does the BLSP mean?


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1994 was when it was made so it's only 18 years old and not WW2 vintage.
Still a handy box for lugging stuff about.

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Hello,
I am making replicas of the early 3" carriers. Just got the paper tubes made and now making the lids. Does anybody have some more pictures of the tubes, especially whats stenciled on them and details of the lids outside and inside. There are more variants so I want to have more options than what I have. I may also be making PIAT carrier replicas later on.
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