World War Two - Air Dropped Ordnance
Type (17) A Long Delay Clockwork Fuze
This is a mint example of the Type (17) A Emergency Pattern version, the lower section of the fuze was constructed from Steel rather than of alloy.
Type (50) B 'Y'
The Y Fuze was the first fuze intentially developed to kill bomb disposal personnl. The only difference from the (50)B was a tiny 'Y' stamped on the fuze head. It also had a tapered end for anti extraction.
Type (17) clock
(17) Clock which was fitted in the lower fuze housing of the (17) fuze.
Type (17) B
(17) B Clockwork fuze with time delay. The (17)B had the fuze type stenciled instead of the normal stamped markings. Advantages being this would be rubbed off on impact meaning the bomb disposal officer would not know what type of fuze he was up against.
(55) fuze, complete with dust cap. The cable would have originally been 65 inches long which would have lead to a nose switch.
Type ZTZ (89)
(89) fuze, complete with fuze housing & locking rings. Dropped at Dorking, Surrey in 1944. Used on a photo flash bomb.
Type (25) C
1942 dated mint (25) C which is as you can see is strippable, mounted on display stand.
An early (15) impact fuze - used early in the war, this example takefrom the Reigate area. This fuze is complete with the steel gain pot screwed into the bottom of the fuze.
A very rare early brass 1936 impact fuze - used early in the war, often left over stock from the Spanish Civil War. Complete with storage case.
WW2 inert Air Dropped Ordnance
German Bomb Fuzes & Bombs
The Luftwaffe employed both mechanical & electrical bomb fuzes.
On the head of all German bomb fuzes was stamped inside a circle a
letter denoting the type of fuze, followed by the method of operation.
As the war progressed the design & type of the fuze changed, some fuzes were
specially modified to act against bomb disposal techniques such as the Zus(40 )anti-withdrawal device, also the (50)B booby trap fuze & the (50)B Y. All fuzes had a steel
gaine pot screwed into the base of the fuze which contained a seperate detonator.
Abbreviations stamped on German bomb fuzes:
Z – Zünder (fuze)
AZ – Aufschlag Zünder (Impact fuze)
El.A.Z – Electrische Aufschlag Zünder (electrical impact fuze)
El.Z – Electrische Zünder (electrical fuze)
ZtZ – Zeitzünder (time fuze)
mV – Mit Verzogerungszünder (with delay action fuze)
oV – ohne Verzogerung (without delay fuze)
L.ZtZ – Langzeitzünder (long time delay fuze)