Platzpatronen literally means blank bullet. The pink label helps denote these as blank rounds. However, the Platz Patronen rounds are probably better known as the infamous German wooden bullets.
Many veteran accounts mention the wooden bullets. Were they used by the SS to save precious metal during executions? Were they designed to splinter upon impact and create more damage to the human body? Were they a cheep, last-ditch effort to stave off the advancing allies? Or were they a simple practice round that was also used with the grenade launchers? Did soldiers just grab them when they ran out of regular bullets in ignorance and desperation or were these rounds so deadly that they were primarily earmarked for elite troops?
The discovery by GIs of large quantities of rounds led to a number of theories on their uses. There are three main schools of thought on the ballistics of this ammo. The first is that the round disintegrates with the powder discharge. The second is that the bullet bruises but doesn’t break the skin. The third is that the bullet splinters upon entry that creates a nasty wound prone to infection.
This WWII German Cartridge Ammunition Box features the correct German-style box construction like the original. The box is EMPTY of ammo.
As with the original, the cartridge boxes fit inside the large German Battle Pack Ammunition Box.