SOME UNIDENTIFIED FUSES...

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Unidentified fuses or under identification process

Unknown variant of Schneider fuse
Probable part of US WW2 M52A2 fuse
Mle 16 Robin fuze for 37mm HE shell
Probable WGR38 Stahl German fuze for WW2 mortar
Unknown small ogival fuze with top hole
Heavy inert shell head in brass

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Unidentified fuses...

Three unidentified small fuses


Those next artillery fuses are still unidentified.


I would welcome any information concerning those fuses allowing to identify them (Name, description, scheme, photographs, ...). Many thanks in advance !





Unidentified fuze
Unidentified variant of a French Schneider fuse


That fuse has been seen on a former Champagne battlefield.

It shows big similarities with the fuse-detonator Mle 1915 for middle caliber shell Schneider, descibed with the other French fuses in this website.

The size of its tail, the look of the percussion mechanism that is in the tail, as well as the presence of a screw on the to of the fuse are very important clues. But the head shape is totally different.

It is probably a variant of this Scheider fuse, but I can't find any confirmation of this hypothesis...



Unknown variant of French fuse - at right.
Unknown variant of French fuse - at right.
Unknown variant of French fuse - at right.



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Partially identified fuze
US WW2 M52A2 small alumium fuse part.

M52 fuse top part M52 fuse top part

This fuse has been observed in the Vosges area, in france, where fight occured in both WW1 and WW2 conflicts.

US WW2 M52 small alumium fuse part.

Characteristics :

  • Total height 35 mm,
  • Conical section height 21 mm,
  • Thread diameter 28 mm,
  • Cone base diameter 38 mm,
  • Markings : 'LOT 10P-88-622 10-68 FUZE PD M52A2'

It is very probably the upper percussion part of a percussion fuse type M52A2, that normally also included a lower part with the safety system and the booster. I do not know the typical use of this fuse.



Upper part of fuze US WW2 M52A2
Upper part of fuze US WW2 M52A2
M52 fuse top part Wartime Scheme - US WW2 Fuse M52
Upper part of fuze US WW2 M52A2
Fuze US WW2 M52A2 - Wartime scheme



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Partially identified fuze
Robin fuze modèle 1916 for 37mm HE French shells

This fuse has been observed in the Vosges area, in france, where fight occured in both WW1 and WW2 conflicts.

Characteristics :

  • Total height 43 mm,
  • Conical section height 33 mm,
  • Thread diameter 29 mm,
  • Cone base diameter 35 mm,
  • No visible markings
This is a Robin delayed fuze Mle 1916 for 37mm HE French shell. The brass screw is carrying the small percussion pin. The inner mechanism is the same as the original Robin fuze for 37mm HE shells, but the shape has been changed to a more aerodynamic design for assembly to the almost cylindrical HE shell Mle 1916 for 37mm gun.

This fuze will be transferred to the French fuzes section in a future update.

Thanks to Florian Garnier and 'boborange' for this identification







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Partially identified fuze
WGR38 Stahl German fuze for WW2 mortar

This fuse has been observed in the Vosges area, in France, where fight occured in both WW1 and WW2 conflicts.

Characteristics :

  • Total height 40 mm,
  • Conical section height 19 mm,
  • Thread diameter 27 mm,
  • Cone base diameter 32 mm,
  • No visible markings
This is most probably a German WGR38 Stahl fuze that was used on German WW2 infantry 5cm and 8cm mortar bouncing shells. Thanks to 'boborange' for that identification







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Unidentified fuse
Small ogival fuze with top hole


This fuse has been observed in the Vosges area, in france, where fight occured in both WW1 and WW2 conflicts.

Unknown small steel fuse with top head hole.

Characteristics :

  • Total height 52 mm,
  • Conical section height 42 mm,
  • Thread diameter 38 mm,
  • Cone base diameter 44 mm,
  • No visible markings




Small fuse with a top hole



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Unidentified brass plug
Brass plug

That inert fuse-like item has been observed in Champagne

Unknown brass fuse or plug.

Characteristics :

  • Total height 69 mm,
  • Conical section height 59 mm,
  • Tail diameter 35 mm,
  • Cone base diameter 77 mm,
  • No visible markings




Brass head
Brass head
Brass head
Brass head



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