RARE British WW1 BL-5inch Shrapnel Shell, in good relic condition, profesionally cleaned and peserved, the fuze screws in well, the no83 fuze can also be fully stripped.
INERT - F.F.E (Free From Explosives)
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BUYERS MUST BE 18+
The Ordnance BL 5-inch howitzer was initially introduced to provide the Royal Field Artillery with continuing explosive shell capability following the decision to concentrate on shrapnel for field guns in the 1890s.
By 1908 it was obsolete and replaced in British Regular Army brigades by the modern QF 4.5-inch howitzer.
Territorial Force brigades, however, continued to use the howitzer in World War I into 1916, including notably in the East African campaign.
A lighter 40-pound (18.14 kg) shell with Amatol filling replaced the original 50-pound (22.68 kg) Lyddite shell early in World War I Together with an increase in cordite propellant from 11 oz 7 drams to 14 oz 5 drams, this increased the maximum range from 4,800 to 6,500 yards (5,900 m). Administrative error led to the new 40-pound shells being sent to Gallipoli without range tables or fuze keys for the new pattern fuzes, rendering them useless.[