Post by rickthelibrarian on Jun 11, 2014 8:42:48 GMT -5
I HOPE I haven't been absent from this form enough to tell you I visited the Philippines last January. (Yes, it was a trip of a lifetime!! )
Bob Hudson showed me around and he shared with me a number of cartridges he had picked up or had been presented to him in the time he had lived there. As you know small arms and ammunition are a chief "specialty". A number of the cartridges were dated "41" and had ".300" on them. I did some checking with some "specialist friends and they said that this ammunition had been manufactured by Remington for the British for use in aircraft machine guns (thus the ".300").
Apparently, in the emergency build-up of 1941, a quantity of this ammunition was "confiscated" and sent to the Philippines. The manifests in Glen Willeford's fine book "Racing the Sunrise" mentions small arms ammunition being shipped.
Fast forward a few months and I found a box of this ammunition on Gunbroker in the original container. I thought it made an interesting comparison with the ammunition I saw over there.
I dug a fair amount of these in Bataan. Being they are made in 1941, its a good chance they came over on the S.S. Coolidge arriving Nov, 41. That shipment was a time where they scooped up everything they could to send lend lease and all.good ammo with reenforced primerfor aircraft m.g.