German wooden Crate for 12 Smoke Pots (Nebelkerzen 39 B). It contained 12 Smoke Pots 39 B with detonators and igniters.The box still retains most of its original colour both hinges in nice condition also has both its metal carry handles the locks work perfectly the lid still opens and closes perfectly and has both its original paper labels with its original markings most of which still can be seen with a hand written date of 44 on the inside of the box and a paper label on the outside of the box along with stamp munitions markings the box is in very nice condition other then a hole in the bottom of it but still a rare crate .The box comes from the Ardennes so was probably used during the battle of the Bulge in 1944.
Primary function of the Nahverteidigungswaffe was to place smoke candles. The size of the tube was determined by the size of the Nebelkerzen. The original Nebelwurfgeräte mounted on many vehicles were removed after incidents of small arms fire igniting the candles in the dischargers and the resulting smoke incapacitating crew members. The Nahverteidigungswaffe allowed the smoke candles to be discharged from under armor. The Nebelkerzen were the only munition that the nahverteidigungswaffe actually "fired." The rest were fired using the Leuchtpistole/Kampfpistole.
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