Country of Origin: Germany
Overall: 1ft 2 1/4in. x 5in. x 6in. (36.2 x 12.7 x 15.24cm)
This carrying case held a demolition charge for destroying an artillery piece before capture by the enemy. The Wehrmacht name for the charge, which is not in the case, was "Sprengpatrone Z.48," and this appears to be the 5 cm model.
It came to the Smithsonian as part of a transfer of German rocketry artifacts from the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum in Aberdeen, Maryland, in 1989.
Transferred from the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum