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12th January 2005Martini - Henry Cartridge wrappers markings
By Carl Daeche
Dear All,

My research on govt markings for cartridge wrappers and ammo boxes continues. I have seen two markings recently and wonder if anyone can help explain their meaning.

Firstly the war dept up arrow with the letters R L below it ?

Secondly the letters B.L. before Martini-Henry on the cartridge wrappers?

Lastly I have been asked recently and pass on the question. Does anyone know of any confirming evidence (othe than illustrated London News engravings) that the Mk V ammunition boxes destined for the AZW had 'FOR NATAL' stencilled or painted on the side? The only references I seem to find are shall we say the ones subject to poetic/romantic licence.

Thanks Guys.