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WWI Russian & U.S.? Ammo Crate Help WTH!
Old 09-11-2017, 12:54 PM   #1
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I found these two ammo crates yesterday at the local flea, One is dated 1917 and the other 1916. Both have Cyrillic writing on the top, but each is also marked "AMMUNITION FOR CANNON EXPLOSIVE PROJECTILE FROM E.A.C." Does anyone have any idea what E.A.C. means and what the hell these are? Never seen anything like them. Thanks again for any help.

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Old 09-11-2017, 02:20 PM   #4
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What I can make out of that Russian writing is: 8 pieces of shrapnel, British order (made for Britain or in Britain). I don't understand the meaning of first two words (not complete). Above in hand writing is "Crate no 1"

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Jack, makes sense, I think maybe these were British Lend-Lease to Russia? That's what I'm thinking anyway. I assumed U.S. Lend-Lease due to the English writing. These two crates have seen the world!
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I would guess ammo crates for the American Expeditionary Force in Russia around that time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americ..._Force_Siberia

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My opinion is that is was an order originally for the British but somehow got put towards the Russians?
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Wow, I think you are all right. The expeditionary force aspect could explain how they traveled to California.

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Crate #1
8 pieces of 3" (inch) shrapnel made for Britain.
I think item is WW1 Russian.
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