WW2 British Artillery Shells and Mortars – Colours and Markings

This page is dedicated to colours and markings on artillery shells and mortars. Mainly British WW2 but a couple of WW1 and American ones may have crept in!

As with my previous blogs about identification, trawling the net is all well and good, but having a resource all on one page is far better. With that in mind, I’ve put all the diagrams I have acquired over the years onto this page. I’ve tried to keep the file size as big as possible so they can be easily read, as some of them have rather small writing.

As I find more diagrams I’ll post them to this page, so please come back whenever you need to. Just because the diagram you were looking for wasn’t there first time you looked, doesn’t mean it won’t always be there. Also, if you’re looking for something specific that isn’t covered, please use the contact page and I’ll see what I can do to help.

 

 

2 lber

 

2 pdr 40mm

 

bof1 (1)

 

bof1

 

bof2 (1)

 

bof2

 

stencils

 

shell markings

 

Shell colours 4

Shell colours 2

 

mark3

 

mark2

 

mark

 

hemar1

 

lamar1

 

 

star shell

 

Shrapnel

 

new

 

AP shell plus HE

 

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105mm_Howitzer_Ammunition_M67_and_M1

 

105mm Howitzer Ammunition M1

 

18 pounder

 

12 pounder

 

12 pounder b

 

8inch

 

6inch

 

6 inch

 

6 inch how

 

6 inch b

 

4inch

 

4.7inch

3 pounder

 

3 inch (2)

 

On to the mortars……….

 

wph2

 

 

ilum2

 

2in-5

 

2in-4

 

2in-3

 

 

2 inch mort 2

 

mort

 

P0124

 

Spg2

 

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misc2

 

tracer

3 comments

  1. Hi there. I have a mortar round that I unearthed and can’t seem to find it on the internet. Can I send you a pic to see if you can ID it? Thanks

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    • Of course. Email sent. I do hope you have kept yourself safe though, and not removed it from the ground without knowing if it is safe or not!

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