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    We tend to use the term shrapnel in reference to any fragmentation effect from an exploding projectile but in the early 1800s the term was used very specifically to describe a shell designed by Major-General Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842). The concept can be described as oversized buck shot released from an artillery shell to mow down men like an enormous shotgun.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrapnel


    "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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    Thats brutal lol

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      Originally posted by CDT.Conc View Post
      Thats brutal lol
      Brutal, yes. Consider "strung buck" and chain shot. Damn, things were petty gruesome for infantry going up against artillery back then, then again if the infantry got through it was the artillery troops in a severely bad situation!
      "Every man should be his own Guru; every woman her own Gurette" ...Ed Abbey

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