John Breed, Diary and Training diary, item 130

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High-Explosive Shell

     This is the ideal projectile for making

direct hits on shielded guns.

A H.E shell is a thick steel case filled with "Picric acid"

also called Lyddite, Melinite, Pertite, or shimose.


A percussion shrapnel, if it strikes the shield but not the

gun or carriage, bursts several feet in rear, and is

comparatively ineffective. But a H.E. shell if it strikes

any part of the equipment detonates on impact, it disables

the gun and possibly the wagon beside it, and kills the who

of the detachment, on the other hand the effect against troops

in the open is very slight as the effect is only local, and

if the shell bursts on the ground most of the splinters go up

in the air. It is therefore a very open question whether Field G

should carry HE shell, most foreign nations have decided

in the affirmative, and carry only from 15 to 30 per cent of

HE Shell.

We rely upon our powerful 18 Pt shrapnel and expect to disable

guns with it even if it takes twice as many hits to do so as with

HE shell. By this we simplify our ammunition supply and are

able to carry an increased number of shell which are effective against

troops in the open

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High-Explosive Shell

     This is the ideal projectile for making

direct hits on shielded guns.

A H.E shell is a thick steel case filled with "Picric acid"

also called Lyddite, Melinite, Pertite, or shimose.


A percussion shrapnel, if it strikes the shield but not the

gun or carriage, bursts several feet in rear, and is

comparatively ineffective. But a H.E. shell if it strikes

any part of the equipment detonates on impact, it disables

the gun and possibly the wagon beside it, and kills the who

of the detachment, on the other hand the effect against troops

in the open is very slight as the effect is only local, and

if the shell bursts on the ground most of the splinters go up

in the air. It is therefore a very open question whether Field G

should carry HE shell, most foreign nations have decided

in the affirmative, and carry only from 15 to 30 per cent of

HE Shell.

We rely upon our powerful 18 Pt shrapnel and expect to disable

guns with it even if it takes twice as many hits to do so as with

HE shell. By this we simplify our ammunition supply and are

able to carry an increased number of shell which are effective against

troops in the open


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  • March 30, 2017 02:39:19 Cheryl Ellsworth

    High-Explosive Shell

         This is the ideal projectile for making

    direct hits on shielded guns.

    A H.E shell is a thick steel case filled with "Picric acid"

    also called Lyddite, Melinite, Pertite, or shimose.


    A percussion shrapnel, if it strikes the shield but not the

    gun or carriage, bursts several feet in rear, and is

    comparatively ineffective. But a H.E. shell if it strikes

    any part of the equipment detonates on impact, it disables

    the gun and possibly the wagon beside it, and kills the who

    of the detachment, on the other hand the effect against troops

    in the open is very slight as the effect is only local, and

    if the shell bursts on the ground most of the splinters go up

    in the air. It is therefore a very open question whether Field G

    should carry HE shell, most foreign nations have decided

    in the affirmative, and carry only from 15 to 30 per cent of

    HE Shell.

    We rely upon our powerful 18 Pt shrapnel and expect to disable

    guns with it even if it takes twice as many hits to do so as with

    HE shell. By this we simplify our ammunition supply and are

    able to carry an increased number of shell which are effective against

    troops in the open

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