War Diaries Talk

Belt Boxes

  • Stork by Stork

    The last line has 'Belt Bones.' What's that?

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  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    I've not seen that term before, but I'm fairly certain it's to do with the belts which fed the machine guns - possibly the bits of metal which kept the bullet in place.

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  • cyngast by cyngast moderator

    I think it is "belt boxes" which would be the boxes where the machine gun belts were stored.

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  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    That makes a lot more sense 😄

    Actually, it's really obvious when I look at it now. Don't know why I didn't see it before.

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  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Images for Belt Boxes ww1 Link: https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Belt+Boxes+ww1

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  • cyngast by cyngast moderator in response to marie.eklidvirginmedia.com's comment.

    Thanks for the photo link, Marie. I imagined the belt boxes as small wooden crates, not the metal cases that the photos show. Metal makes more sense as it would probably keep the ammunition dry.

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  • Stork by Stork

    Thanks- I just noticed that I put 'Boxes' in the post's title- that was a typo, I had intended to put 'Bones.' I guess my subconscious knew what the word should really have been.

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  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    You didn't - I changed it 😄

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