Steel container for 25 pdr AP shells

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL44584
Collection type Technology
Object type Artillery Accessory
Physical description Paint, Plastic, Steel
Maker Rheem, Australia
Place made Australia
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Steel container for 25 pdr AP (armour piercing) shells. Painted green, the container has a hinged lid secured by two lever clips. The body has single carry handles on each side, one with the black plastic rolling grip still in place. A length of cotton tape is rivetted to the inner right side of the body. In raised lettering on the lid is, 'P60 - I RHEEM 1942'. Stencilled in white above this is, 'S & T.O.C.M.S.S.'. Stamped on the lower lid is 'D [broad arrow]' and '[broad arrow]' over '363'. Stencilled in white on the front of the body is, 'SHOT PRACTICE POINTED F 9882'. Stencilled in white on the rear of the body is '25 PDR'

History / Summary

The story of this particular container is not known. Stencilling on the container indicates that it was used to stow practice ammunition.

During the Second World War, Rheem made a range of products for the allies including boom defence buoys, bombs, smoke containers, shells, aircraft parts, ammunition containers and water bottles. Rheem's Melbourne premises commenced operation in 1941.

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