John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 127

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The French, have alway  [sic]  been advocates of the far reaching

shrapnel

The Japanese, after the war, have adopted a heavy shrapnel

bullet (36 to lb) and a field gun giving the highest velocity

compatible with moderate weight


The shrapnel fire of the heavy guns is especially effective

not only owing to the large number of bullets in the powerful

shell, but owing to its flat trajectory and high remaining

velocity, which renders the bullets effect at a ¼ of a mile

from the point of burst.


Field howitzers, when used as guns at low angles of

elevation produce good shrapnel effect a medium

range, since each shell contains some 600 heavy bullets

The depth of effect is about half that of a field gun


N.B

The undermentioned is the weights of shrapnel

bullets of different nations; England    41 to lb

                                                  Germany  45  "  lb

                                                  France      38  "   lb

                                                   Japan       36  "   lb

P.T.O

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The French, have alway  [sic]  been advocates of the far reaching

shrapnel

The Japanese, after the war, have adopted a heavy shrapnel

bullet (36 to lb) and a field gun giving the highest velocity

compatible with moderate weight


The shrapnel fire of the heavy guns is especially effective

not only owing to the large number of bullets in the powerful

shell, but owing to its flat trajectory and high remaining

velocity, which renders the bullets effect at a ¼ of a mile

from the point of burst.


Field howitzers, when used as guns at low angles of

elevation produce good shrapnel effect a medium

range, since each shell contains some 600 heavy bullets

The depth of effect is about half that of a field gun


N.B

The undermentioned is the weights of shrapnel

bullets of different nations; England    41 to lb

                                                  Germany  45  "  lb

                                                  France      38  "   lb

                                                   Japan       36  "   lb

P.T.O


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  • March 30, 2017 00:59:07 Cheryl Ellsworth

    The French, have alway  [sic]  been advocates of the far reaching

    shrapnel

    The Japanese, after the war, have adopted a heavy shrapnel

    bullet (36 to lb) and a field gun giving the highest velocity

    compatible with moderate weight


    The shrapnel fire of the heavy guns is especially effective

    not only owing to the large number of bullets in the powerful

    shell, but owing to its flat trajectory and high remaining

    velocity, which renders the bullets effect at a ¼ of a mile

    from the point of burst.


    Field howitzers, when used as guns at low angles of

    elevation produce good shrapnel effect a medium

    range, since each shell contains some 600 heavy bullets

    The depth of effect is about half that of a field gun


    N.B

    The undermentioned is the weights of shrapnel

    bullets of different nations; England    41 to lb

                                                      Germany  45  "  lb

                                                      France      38  "   lb

                                                       Japan       36  "   lb

    P.T.O

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