John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 126

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The depth of the zone may be increased by bursting the

shrapnel higher than usual, so as to make the bullets carry

further. But this increased depth is obtained at the expense

of effect on the men in the front line which it is especially

important to produce.

A deep bullet zone means a flat trajectory requiring a high

velocity and therefore a heavy gun, it also means a heavy

bullet, reducing the number of bullets in the shrapnel,

therefore it is not surprising that opinions differ considerably

on this point, the Germans for instance, consider that we

are misled by our experience on the open Veldt of South

Africa, into believing that attacks will always be carried

out in very thin and very deep formations, they hold

that in a close country the firing lines will be dense,

and therefore they sacrifice depth of effect in order to get

a large number of small bullets into their shrapnel giving

an increased effect on the Enemy's front-line


But it must be remember that the Germans converted

15 PR is a low velocity gun (MV 1525 fs) and is

incapable of any great depth of effect.

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The depth of the zone may be increased by bursting the

shrapnel higher than usual, so as to make the bullets carry

further. But this increased depth is obtained at the expense

of effect on the men in the front line which it is especially

important to produce.

A deep bullet zone means a flat trajectory requiring a high

velocity and therefore a heavy gun, it also means a heavy

bullet, reducing the number of bullets in the shrapnel,

therefore it is not surprising that opinions differ considerably

on this point, the Germans for instance, consider that we

are misled by our experience on the open Veldt of South

Africa, into believing that attacks will always be carried

out in very thin and very deep formations, they hold

that in a close country the firing lines will be dense,

and therefore they sacrifice depth of effect in order to get

a large number of small bullets into their shrapnel giving

an increased effect on the Enemy's front-line


But it must be remember that the Germans converted

15 PR is a low velocity gun (MV 1525 fs) and is

incapable of any great depth of effect.


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  • March 30, 2017 00:48:35 Cheryl Ellsworth

    The depth of the zone may be increased by bursting the

    shrapnel higher than usual, so as to make the bullets carry

    further. But this increased depth is obtained at the expense

    of effect on the men in the front line which it is especially

    important to produce.

    A deep bullet zone means a flat trajectory requiring a high

    velocity and therefore a heavy gun, it also means a heavy

    bullet, reducing the number of bullets in the shrapnel,

    therefore it is not surprising that opinions differ considerably

    on this point, the Germans for instance, consider that we

    are misled by our experience on the open Veldt of South

    Africa, into believing that attacks will always be carried

    out in very thin and very deep formations, they hold

    that in a close country the firing lines will be dense,

    and therefore they sacrifice depth of effect in order to get

    a large number of small bullets into their shrapnel giving

    an increased effect on the Enemy's front-line


    But it must be remember that the Germans converted

    15 PR is a low velocity gun (MV 1525 fs) and is

    incapable of any great depth of effect.

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