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German Infantry Weapons
Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 14, May 25, 1943
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The following information is stamped on the base (fig. 102) of German small-arms ammunition: (1) the manufacturer's mark (for example, P for Polte); (2) the type of case (for example, S* for brass cartridge case4); (3) the delivery number (for example, 2 means delivery 2; (4) the year of manufacture (for example, 38 means 1938).

[Figure 102. Markings on base of German small-arms cartridge.]
Figure 102.—Markings on base of German small-arms cartridge.

Colors are used on various parts of the ammunition itself to provide another means of identifying each cartridge. The coloring may be applied in the primer seat, on the tip, or as a colored band around the case.

4 St is for "steel."

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