“I was also a lover of sweets, and some favourites from the sixties were bars of 5 Boys milk chocolate, Fry’s Five Centres and of course the ones you could only get out of jars at the ‘Travellers Rest’, near the school, such as cinder toffee, pear drops, sherbert liquourice, gob-stoppers, and treacle toffee.”
An experimental APCR (Armor Piercing Composite Rigid) .55 Boys round was designed in 1942. It used a tungsten core round instead of a steel core, which greatly increased its penetrating ability and gave a boost to its muzzle velocity from the Mark II's 884 m/s to approximately 944 m/s (3100 ft/s). It differs from the Mark I and II rounds because of its two-part bullet. This model was never officially adopted because far better anti-tank rounds and weapons, such as the PIAT, were entering service at the time. The .55 Boys, even with a greatly improved bullet, was simply too weak to defeat the tanks being fielded by the Axis powers.
This is the first variant of the .55 Boys. It uses a 926 gr. hardened steel core bullet with a lead sleeve, which is covered with a steel jacket. A ball and tracer version of this round were also created along with a practice round using an aluminum core was also produced in order to be more feasible for training. It has a muzzle velocity of roughly 747 m/s (2,450.1 ft/s).
The .55 Boys round went through two major variants in its lifetime, along with an experimental variant that was never adopted by the United Kingdom.
|2014 FIFA World Cup ball boy Wang Yifan (front, 3rd R) of China poses with his school soccer teammates in the Dianliu No.1 Elementary School in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, June 10, 2014. Wang Yifan along with other 5 ball boys from China will serve the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (Xinhua/Xu Suhui)|