|Object type||Artillery Accessory|
|Physical description||Paint, Plastic, Steel|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Steel container for 25 pdr AP shells
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'
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.