WW2 US Wooden Ammo Crate, M2 Ball, Rare Early War Type. From Des Moines Ordnance Plant, Ankeny, Iowa. Early unpainted World War Two U.
Military standard wooden ammo crate/box 18" x 9.5" x 15 of the type in exclusive use at the start of the war with the Navy, Marines and Army at Pearl Harbor, in domestic training camps, at the USMC Battle of Guadalcanal, and the Army's Operation Torch and the subsequent battles in North Africa where Gen. Patton fought Field Marshall Irwin Rommel; but also seen throughout the war as they worked their way from supply depots to battlefronts. This early type had a plain natural wood finish with yellow or black stenciling to indicated the contents.
The later type were painted dark brown overall with stenciling and a color coded band that was readily identifiable at a distance to indicate the contents. This early war crate/box had. 30-06 M2 Ball (150 grain full metal jacket) rifle/machine gun ammunition packed in paper boxes, probably for refilling the ammunition belts of Browning M1917 water cooled and M1919 air cooled machine guns but useful for M1903 Springfield and M1 Garand Rifles too The crate/box has all six brass screw posts for securing the removable top lid intact as well as all its original yellow stenciling. Early crates seem to be stenciled only on the top, one broad side & one small side. The broad side reads the same with the addition of the U.
Army Ordnance Corps crossed cannons on a wheel and the flaming bomb symbols, as well as the lot number of the ammunition D. In that standing for Des Moines Ordnance Plant, overall weight 110 lbs.And cubic displacement of the crate/box 1.5 cu. Ammunition left the factories it was made in and traveled all the way to the battlefield packed in these wooden crates/boxes, but they have become increasing rare in the last twenty years. A nice example for your collection and possibly a very historically significant newspaper/magazine holder to put next to your library chair.