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What are the oldest munitions still kept in storage by the MoD?

#1
Maybe one for the ammo techs this one, but this question has just jumped into my head for some reason. What I want to know is, what is the oldest type of munition, from any of the 3 services (if known) that is currently held in stocks.
Come to think of it, I wonder what the oldest piece of bulk issuable kit still held?
 
#4
I used beehive charges dated 1945 in 2008 so there is some pretty old stuff out there or at least there was then. Photo of them below.

Beehives.jpg
 

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#6
When I down sized the loan pool in 2006 there where great coats from 1936 – 1942 still in boxes with bake-o-light buttons by the thousands and crockery from the same era.
 
#9
I was going to say Barmine, but I reckon that Beehive charge trumps it considerably (if there are still stocks).

It used to be the Bangalore Torpedoes, but I think that they've all been replaced now by the new model.
 
#10
I think Tropper still has some gun powder in his locker he used on the Tower of London when he and his mate Guy tried blowing it up after a weekend on the lash.
 
#15
Not exactly military stock, but I have some Lake City 7.62 date stamped 1960 and some 30-06 also date stamped 1960. That pales considerably when compared to a mate (a German) who has 1944 date stamped 30M1 ammo. All of which still goes bang reliably.

Some time mid 90s during a clear out of a shed in Ayrshire Bks I came across a first aid kit from about 1942, there was even unissued 38 (?) pattern webbing. Unfortunately my crystal ball was not working or I would have saved it for fleabay.
 
#17
The Beehives are the oldest nature I am aware of.. they are currently being cleared out and will all be gone by the end of the year.. We had some older Bangalore Torpedoes, but someone in AW had a fit of the vapours about them and they were consigned to the great dem ground in the sky..

Fuzzy matches went some time ago - we now have some new ones in plastic tubes - not nearly as good..

I'm not sure how old some of the 18 pdr cases that the Kings troop use.. I think they are mostly fairly new manufacture..

The Crabs had some really old iron bombs, but again I suspect (or at least hope) that these have gone downrange in Afghan over the past few years..

I think the Andrew has got rid of its steam torpedoes by now.. though they seem to work fine on WW2 battleships!
 
#18
Some of the paveways we were handling during Ellamy were dated early 1950s, esentially its a 1000lb iron bomb WW2 style with the guidance package strapped onto it. I beleive the bombs that the vulcan delivered to the falklands were pre WW2 stock so I would surgest there is a massive bunker somewhere full of really old bombs waiting to be dropped.
 

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