The Adam Park Project


Charger units with ammunition

Item Information:

Catalogue Number: 09/18/13a, 09/18/13b, 09/20/002, 09/22/004 Source: TAPP Archaeology Surveys Location: No 9 Adam Park Report No: Report No.16 Artifact Type: Ammunition Production Date: 2013-01-16 00:00:00 Dimensions of Item: See Report 16 Copyright with The Adam Park Project

Other Description:

The most notable collection of artefacts found at No.9 Adam Park were three charger units which were recovered in various states of repair. The .303 charger held five bullets and was inserted into the breech mechanism during the loading process

Historic Context:

The discovery of 8 similar charger units just along the road at No. 8 Adam Park (Survey Report 8) many with cartridges still held inside and a similar item at No.7 Adam Park (Survey Report 15) was believed to be indicative of the disposal of ammunition across the site after the fighting. The troops would have had pouches full of ammunition and charger units immediately before the surrender and the Japanese demanded that all ammunition was to be removed before the Cambridgeshires were marched into the tennis court for their initial period of captivity.

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