John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 128

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Percussion Shrapnel Fire

     Percussion shrapnel is used

for ranging and has been known to penetrate a 24" brick

wall also 5' of parapet

When a shrapnel strikes the ground it either buries itself

or it ricochets, in the latter case it turns upwards before


 Drawing of shrapnel showing how it would hit the ground and ricochet 


A = Come of Dispersion)


it has time to burst, and the bullets go up in the air by

the time they come down again they are travelling so slowly

as to be harmless. Therefore unless burst under the feet

of cavalry horses percussion shrapnel are not likely to

do much harm to troops in the open

Even at short ranges it must burst very close to the foot

of the target to be effective other the (cone of dispersion)

passes over it and descends in a shower some 250

yards beyond graze consequently a small error in range

is a matter of great consequence

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Percussion Shrapnel Fire

     Percussion shrapnel is used

for ranging and has been known to penetrate a 24" brick

wall also 5' of parapet

When a shrapnel strikes the ground it either buries itself

or it ricochets, in the latter case it turns upwards before


 Drawing of shrapnel showing how it would hit the ground and ricochet 


A = Come of Dispersion)


it has time to burst, and the bullets go up in the air by

the time they come down again they are travelling so slowly

as to be harmless. Therefore unless burst under the feet

of cavalry horses percussion shrapnel are not likely to

do much harm to troops in the open

Even at short ranges it must burst very close to the foot

of the target to be effective other the (cone of dispersion)

passes over it and descends in a shower some 250

yards beyond graze consequently a small error in range

is a matter of great consequence


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  • March 30, 2017 01:05:21 Cheryl Ellsworth

    Percussion Shrapnel Fire

         Percussion shrapnel is used

    for ranging and has been known to penetrate a 24" brick

    wall also 5' of parapet

    When a shrapnel strikes the ground it either buries itself

    or it ricochets, in the latter case it turns upwards before


     Drawing of shrapnel showing how it would hit the ground and ricochet 


    A = Come of Dispersion)


    it has time to burst, and the bullets go up in the air by

    the time they come down again they are travelling so slowly

    as to be harmless. Therefore unless burst under the feet

    of cavalry horses percussion shrapnel are not likely to

    do much harm to troops in the open

    Even at short ranges it must burst very close to the foot

    of the target to be effective other the (cone of dispersion)

    passes over it and descends in a shower some 250

    yards beyond graze consequently a small error in range

    is a matter of great consequence

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    Mrs Jean Hanby
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