Ammunition

BOF
Boulet Ogival en Fonte. Exercise (training) projectiles.
OEA
Obus Explosif en Acier. High Explosive projectiles.
OEcl
Obus Eclairant. Starshell.
OI
Obus Incendiare. Incendiary shell.
OPf or OPf RC
Obus de Perforation or Obus de Perforation de Rupture Coiffé. APC.
OPfK or OPf(K)
Obus de Perforation dispositif 'K'. APC with dye bag. Unlike many nations, French APC dye shells included a nose fuze and a small explosive charge to disperse the dye. This made it possible to not only color the shell splashes but also to color hits.
Melanite
Shell burster made from French picric acid, roughly equivalent to Lyddite.
Poudre B
Poudre Blanche or "white powder." The original French nitrocellulose, adopted by the French Navy around 1890. The name was to distinguish the new propellant from gunpowder, which was known as Poudre N for Poudre Noire (black powder).
BM
Blanche Modifié? or "Modified White?" Improved French nitrocellulose adopted about 1912. Followed by a number which indicated thickness, such as BM15. This number was somewhat arbitrary, but a larger number did indicate a thicker strip.
SD
Solventless double-based propellant adopted in the 1930s. Followed by an arbitrary number, although a larger number indicated a larger grain size.
Mle
Modèle or "Model" followed by the design year. Used in designations for shells, cartridges, guns and mountings.

Mountings

ACAD
Automatique Contre-Avions Double. Automatic AA Twin Mounting.
CA
Contre Avions. Anti-Aircraft.
CAD
Contre-Avions Double. AA Twin Mounting.
CADAM
Cadence Améliorée. Improved firing. An modernization program for French guns such as the 100 mm/55 Model 1968 intended to increase their firing rate.
CAQ
Contre-Avions Quadruple. AA Quad Mounting.
CAS
Contre-Avions Simple. AA Single Mounting.
SMCA
Sous-Marin Contre-Avions. Submarine AA Mounting.

Page History

29 November 2009
New datapage
25 February 2012
Added SMCA definition
01 April 2013
Minor changes