Archive for Anti-aircraft

German 20mm Kopfzlinder Fuze

Posted in Ammunition & Fusing with tags , , , , on January 9, 2023 by The Dude

A while back a friend traded me a Solothurn 20mm HE round that had this fusing on it. After a bit of digging around, I discovered it was a AA round used by the ground-based 20mm AA gun. The fuse nose is recessed slightly to house an aluminum hammer.

It is marked ASB for the manufacturer Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) in Werk Berlin-Borsigwalde. It is dated 1943. The fuse is marked 20MM Kpf.Z.46

German 88mm Zt.Z S/30 Timed AA Fuse

Posted in Ammunition & Fusing with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2023 by The Dude

This fuse is the Zt.Z S/30 timed anti-aircraft fuse. It was the standard German heavy fuse used right through the war on the 8.8 cm Flak 18/36/37/41. Shown is the clockwork timing mechanism as well as the bakelite transport container. This example is marked DPV indicating manufacture by Zeiss-Ikon AG in Dresden in 1941.