John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 120

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A deep zone of shrapnel effect is obtained by making the

trajectory as flat as possible, this requires a high muzzle

velocity, and the limit in this direction is the weight of the gun

The velocity of the bullets is increased by the rise of a base

burster in the shrapnel which adds from 150 to 200 f.s. to

the bullet velocity due to the remaining velocity of the shell

The weight of the bullets is a difficult matter to decide, since

if made to [sic] light they will lose their effective velocity after

travelling a short distance, while if too heavy the number

of bullets in the shell will be reduced.

This difficulty may be met in two different ways.


In France, the field gun has a flat trajectory giving

the shell a high remaining velocity, and full advantage

has been taken of this by using a large bullet (38 to the

lb) which enables the shrapnel burst to cover a depth

of 300 meters of ground

N.B

It is stated that the bullets are too heavy to get a

large area of ground covered

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A deep zone of shrapnel effect is obtained by making the

trajectory as flat as possible, this requires a high muzzle

velocity, and the limit in this direction is the weight of the gun

The velocity of the bullets is increased by the rise of a base

burster in the shrapnel which adds from 150 to 200 f.s. to

the bullet velocity due to the remaining velocity of the shell

The weight of the bullets is a difficult matter to decide, since

if made to [sic] light they will lose their effective velocity after

travelling a short distance, while if too heavy the number

of bullets in the shell will be reduced.

This difficulty may be met in two different ways.


In France, the field gun has a flat trajectory giving

the shell a high remaining velocity, and full advantage

has been taken of this by using a large bullet (38 to the

lb) which enables the shrapnel burst to cover a depth

of 300 meters of ground

N.B

It is stated that the bullets are too heavy to get a

large area of ground covered


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  • March 29, 2017 23:10:01 Cheryl Ellsworth

    A deep zone of shrapnel effect is obtained by making the

    trajectory as flat as possible, this requires a high muzzle

    velocity, and the limit in this direction is the weight of the gun

    The velocity of the bullets is increased by the rise of a base

    burster in the shrapnel which adds from 150 to 200 f.s. to

    the bullet velocity due to the remaining velocity of the shell

    The weight of the bullets is a difficult matter to decide, since

    if made to [sic] light they will lose their effective velocity after

    travelling a short distance, while if too heavy the number

    of bullets in the shell will be reduced.

    This difficulty may be met in two different ways.


    In France, the field gun has a flat trajectory giving

    the shell a high remaining velocity, and full advantage

    has been taken of this by using a large bullet (38 to the

    lb) which enables the shrapnel burst to cover a depth

    of 300 meters of ground

    N.B

    It is stated that the bullets are too heavy to get a

    large area of ground covered

  • March 29, 2017 15:22:07 Cheryl Ellsworth

    A deep zone of shrapnel effect is obtained by making the

    trajectory as flat as possible, this requires a high muzzle

    velocity, and the limit in this direction is the weight of the gun

    The velocity of the bullets is increased by the rise of a base

    burster in the shrapnel which adds from 150 to 200 f.s. to

    the bullet velocity due to the remaining velocity of the shell

    The weight of the bullets is a difficult matter to decide, since

    if made to [sic] light they will lose their effective velocity after

    travelling a short distance, while if too heavy the number

    of bullets in the shell will be reduced.

    This difficulty may be met in two different ways.


    In France, the field gun has a flat trajectory giving

    the shell a high remaining velocity, and full advantage

    has been taken of this by using a large bullet (35 to the

    lb) which enables the shrapnel burst to cover a depth

    of 300 meters of ground

    N.B

    It is stated that the bullets are too heavy to get a

    large area of ground covered


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