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Old 12-03-2010, 11:56 PM   #21
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37 mm Hotchkiss.

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Ok....I have a 37mm HE. If the H is Hotchkiss, what is the E?

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Hotchkiss was the make of cannon that fired it. Shell marking did not use H for Hotchkiss. It was for HIGH. E was for EXPLOSIVE. As opposed to a solid shot, or a cannister load.

One version was a form of gatling gun- rotary, multi-barreled, hand cranked CANNON.

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Thanks for the information all.
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Yep, looks like the "plain vanilla" WW1 37mm round.

It is a 37mm round. It is most likely a French Hotchkiss round: For sure it is not US made. The Germans, French and US all used 37mm rounds in small guns. The US gun was the M1916 infantry gun. That gun saw limited service in WWII. After WWII the another version of this gun was adopted: The 37mm gun, minus carriage, was put inside the chamber of the 155mm howitzer and called a sub-caliber gun.

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If that is indeed a French artillery shell be very, very careful ..... as it is probably unfired!


j/k - pretty cool piece of history
HA! I was just getting to that. The rotating bands don't have rifling marks, so it wasn't fired!
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The fuze is probably still capable of taking off a fingertip, so be careful.

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