Unknown Insignia on British Ammo box

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by StanKolker, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. StanKolker

    StanKolker Member

    I found this British ammo box in an antique store in The Netherlands, does anyone know what this insignia means?
     

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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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    Maybe 1st Div ??

    TD
     
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  3. StanKolker

    StanKolker Member

    That could be, but I don't know if they also painted insignia on ammo boxes. The box is from 1940 so it could be from the 1st infantry division.
     
  4. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Post war, war surplus ammo boxes were used in their thousands by civvie organisations. For example many lorry drivers travelling into Europe would keep their tools, maps etc etc in one. Can you be certain that that is a British Army insignia?
     
  5. StanKolker

    StanKolker Member

    I am sure the 1st infantry division used a white triangle as their insignia. On this picture you can see they painted it on their vehicles. I am sure this is a british ammo box
     

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  6. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Of course it is but that doesn't mean that incredibly obscured symbol is a British Military Symbol unless you know the history of that box.
     
  7. StanKolker

    StanKolker Member

    I know for sure that this symbol was used by the 1st infantry division. It's their insignia. I don't know the history of the box because it's from an antique store. My question is are their any cases known where divisions would paint their insignia on ammo boxes? Maybe for personal items or such? Here you can also see their insignia in the picture I added
     
  8. idler

    idler GeneralList

    I think if you were going to 'brand' something as 'yours', your unit (battalion/regiment) marking would make more sense than the div flash - too many people could claim it.

    The triangle might be the remains of a warning sign, perhaps?
     
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  9. StanKolker

    StanKolker Member

    Yes I agree, but they are not remains, it's white paint.
     
  10. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Good thought. Back in the late 60s the ex British.army ammo boxes in which my father's firm carried radio active isotopes used for X raying welding joints on gas pipelines were marked with warning triangles. When examining material from "antique" shops one should be careful of seeing what one wants to see
     
  11. StanKolker

    StanKolker Member

    Well I did not buy it because of this triangle but because the box is in really good shape for it's age. I was just curious about what it could be.
     
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  12. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    It could at some time have been attached, perhaps by welding or by some other less permanent means, to a tank or other vehicle (a common way of making extra stowage space) in such a way that it obscured the divisional sign. In such a case, a new sign might well have been painted on the box.
    Chris
     
  13. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    If it was welded to a tank how could it have ended up in an antique shop?
     
  14. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    dewelded

    TD
     
  15. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Lot of trouble to obtain an ammo box
     
  16. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    That would depend on how much someone wants the box, and how easy it would be to 'deweld' - it might only be a couple of spot welds with the box being held in some form of retainer

    TD
     
  17. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Maybe it's a secret code symbol meaning "Nowt in here but spare fags and tart's phone numbers."
     
  18. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Ooooh - hadnt thought of that one - trust you

    TD
     
  19. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Example of dewelded

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  20. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Do they still offer an apprenticeship in dewelding?
     

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