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Here's a fun piece of demolition gear that rarely turns up. A WW2 Firing Wire Reel. This is only the second that I have ever seen.

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This was used for stringing wire between the demolition charge and the firing device?

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Quartermaster

Here's mine with the red rubber coated electric firing wire.

 

I always wanted one after seeing one used in "The Longest Day"

 

Finding the wire was harder than finding the reel!

 

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Johan Willaert

Nice and rare!

 

It is carried in the Engineer Squad Demolition Chest, with both handles attached to the inside of the lid...

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Quartermaster

Here’s a more crude Engineer’s/Demolition crate that I picked up some years ago. The best I have been able to determine, this was part of a set that was designed, assembled and stockpiled for use in the ultimate invasion of Japan. Any information anyone might have would be appreciated.

 

The crate’s dimensions are 23 1/2 “ wide X 14” deep X 15 1/2 “ high.

 

The crate is marked

 

On the front:

 

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LOT 4201-6

1 SET ACCESSORY,

GAS INDENTIFICATION

DETONATION, M1

STOCK NO. 562155

EWAX04201 ITEM 8844

PKD 8-44 CASE

 

The inspection stamp reads:

 

INSPECTED & ACCEPTED

EDGEWOOD ARSENAL NO. 9

 

The right end is marked:

 

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WT

77

 

1 SET ACCESS,

GAS INDENT

DETO, M1

 

LOT 4201-6

STOCK NO. 562155

 

CU

3

 

The back is marked:

 

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WATERPROOFED

 

 

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Of interest is the wire in the demolition set – it is black, cloth coated – not the standard red rubber coated style.

 

 

The metal, two handled reel shown in the earlier posts is replaced with a simpler, expendable version made of plywood and with wooden handles. Once the wire is gone, you unbolt the reel and insert the spare wire.

 

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Sorry if this has taken this thread too far afield but it seemed related to me!

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Quartermaster

Oops - almost forgot the picture of the spare wire in the kit!

 

 

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Here's the crate with everything stowed (at least the parts I got with the crate)

 

 

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I appreciate your additional pictures and text to my original post. Your kit is a new one one me.

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