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Home Ragtime Articles of Interest 317 shrapnel grenade (original)

317 shrapnel grenade (original)

Usage in Text: “Younger Brother invented seventeen ordnance devices, some of which were so advanced that they were not used by the United States until World War II. They included a recoilless rocket grenade launcher, a low pressure land mine, sonar–directed depth charges, infrared illuminated rifle sights, tracer bullets, a repeater rifle, a light weight machine gun, a shrapnel grenade, puttied nitroglycerine and a portable flame thrower” (317). Here it is seen that Younger Brother’s interest and love for explosives go on to have an impact worldwide.

Using context clues, one can figure out that shrapnel grenade is a type of weapon. The word grenade helps to do so; however, what is the difference between a hand grenade and a shrapnel grenade? Or is there even a difference?

 

Shrapnel is a weapon that uses powder and lead balls or other jagged types of metal fragments to project over a certain distance. Unlike a hand grenade, a shrapnel grenade had to placed into a gun and then fired. Once fired the pieces of metal would burst out of its casing thus hitting the target in many different places. This method of artillery was labeled as dangerous. Despite the amount of damage that it could do, the problem with Shrapnel’s was that they could not travel very far.

 

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shrapnel

http://riv.co.nz/rnza/hist/shrap/

 

 

 

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