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#1 Uncle Willard

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 03:43 PM

I have an ash tray the was made from a shell (inherited from my Uncle). I was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about this item.
It measures just under 4" in diameter and 4" tall. has 3 holders for your smokes and a push rod that dumps your ashes into the bottom section.

The inscriptions read as follows:

Casablanca
Co,C of the 62nd Signal Battalion
North Africa
1943
Cazerene Pass

Oran
Tunis
Algier
Bizerte


On the bottom it says:
3-IN-MK-II M2
Lot-22-23147-2 N.S. 1942

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#2 brandan

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 08:02 PM

http://www.ww2f.com/new folder 10I have two ashtrays made from the same shells but in a different style, 4 slots for your smokes like your standard tray style , but has a center post in the middle of the tray that comes up and holds a 4 in ring with a miniture "buzz bomb" hanging in the ring. markings are 3-IN-MK-roman number 2 M2 lot - 22 - 23147 - 32 N.S. 1942

Edited by brandan, 22 July 2009 - 08:12 PM.


#3 Half Pint

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 08:45 PM

Dime a dozen. Later 105mm shells were used. All fancied up might be a bit unusual but anybody in a combat zone had no trouble getting their hands on used arty rounds.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 09:07 PM

They seem to be British shells. The ashtrays were apparently made by Amercian soldiers. The shells seems to be 75er or 105er shells and made in 1942 .


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this is the insignia used by the 62nd in 1942


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