H35554 20MM DUMMY PRACTICE SHELL. (Exerzier Granate) 

BACKGROUND: The German army developed a wide variety of assorted sized ordnance ranging from the 7.65mm caliber pistol rounds to the 88mm caliber anti-aircraft/anti-tank rounds to the enormous 80cm caliber railway artillery rounds. The development and production of German army ordnance was under the supervision of the HwaA, Heereswaffenamt, (Army Ordnance Office), which was a subsection of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), and was responsible for testing, evaluation and eventual issue of all ordnance. The 20mm caliber rounds were most commonly used with the light Flak 30, the Flak 38, the Wirbelwind, and the KwK 30 guns. In an attempt to replicate the most realistic combat conditions possible the German army used live fire training exercises and found a one percent training fatality rate as acceptable, reasoning it was better to remove inadequate personnel in training as opposed to having them risk other lives in actual battle. Although the Germanís did use live fire training exercises, for economic reasons they also utilized blank "dummy", ammunition for fire training. The "dummy" rounds were manufactured in a variety of different patterns designed to make them instantly recognizable. Some of the "dummy" round manufacturing variations included molded bakelite types, grooved casing types and bright nickel/silver plated types. 

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 8" tall shell with a rimmed, 1" diameter bottom. The shell consists of a tooled steel casing with a protective, copper tone lacquered finish and a pointed tip, natural hardwood head. The casing retains about 90% of its original protective, copper tone lacquered finish with small spots of light surface spotting. The bottom of the casing is well marked with the impressed designation, "2 8 f", a waffen-amt, a small star, the date, "43", and the manufactures three letter code, "eey", indicating manufacture by Metallwarenfabrik Treuenbrietzen GmbH Werk. The natural hardwood head has no visible markings.

New info added March 5th 2009


I am a collector in Australia and recently found your site....very nice stuff!

For what it is worth, you show a German 20mm "Dummy Practice Shell". It is actually a wood bulletted Blank. The knurled ring around the case is called a "sortie ring" and denotes that the cartridge has been reloaded (which was the normal practice for all the blank rounds.) 

Peter, thank you for the additional info,

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