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Singleton, nsw. 1943-01. The smokeshell discharger attached to a matilda tank of the 2nd army tank battalion. The firing mechanism is that of a .303 no1 mkIII lee enfield action with trigger removed and a cable substituted, leading to the inside of the tank, from where it is fired. The propellant charge is detonated by a blank cartridge of .303 ammunition. The barrels may be fired simultaneously
 

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There is no Department of Prisons in India.It was and is still referred to as the Jail Department.The 'Department of Prisons and Correctional services' is a modern nomenclature and it mainly deals with the implementation of the Borstal Act that deals with young offenders.Law and order is a state subject and the Jails are managed by each state individually.

The guards in prisons are armed with hand me downs from the state police forces.They were armed with .410 musket's almost exclusively till the 1980's.These still remain in service along with .303 Lee Enfield's.Prison guards were never issued with tear gas grenade launchers of any kind.

The Martini Henry rifle with a discharge cup for taking on armor is also a first for me.

Sorry if I have ruffled any feathers by inadvertently saying something that may be contrary to 'established' facts acknowledged by experts.
Well said mate.
 

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I have read, in one of the Selous Scout books, that there was one Rhodesian sniper that used a No.1 Mk.III Enfield, but died in combat. If I recall correctly, there wasn't really much of a program for snipers in Rhodesia.
 

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I have read, in one of the Selous Scout books, that there was one Rhodesian sniper that used a No.1 Mk.III Enfield, but died in combat. If I recall correctly, there wasn't really much of a program for snipers in Rhodesia.
Well, if he used a load of crap like the one which claims to have Rhodesian heritage, I wouldn't be surprised that he copped it.

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Singleton, nsw. 1943-01. The smokeshell discharger attached to a matilda tank of the 2nd army tank battalion. The firing mechanism is that of a .303 no1 mkIII lee enfield action with trigger removed and a cable substituted, leading to the inside of the tank, from where it is fired. The propellant charge is detonated by a blank cartridge of .303 ammunition. The barrels may be fired simultaneously

Hey, coop. Where'd you find those pics?
 

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HI I found the photos on the AWM site.
http://www.awm.gov.au/
Found this on that site
2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion; QX61195 Private Henry Richard Maris, 2/33 Btn; using a rifle grenade launcher with EY (Edward Yule - inventor) discharger cup (these were ordinary .303 rifles no longer suitable for use as a rifle, but with the discharger cup fitted they were used as grenade launchers, copper wire wound around hand guards on barrel to prevent barrel rupturing when fired)
Suppose there might be a connection to the Emergency use marking on some SMLE rifles?
 
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