Not so much a blog more just to say I am still here.
Deaths in the Great War were caused by many things. The greatest number of deaths-more than half were caused by Artillery. The next by small arms, 303 size bullets and the list extends to bayonets, gas, clubs, and unknown-which includes Death by Cordite.
We all know what a high explosive is, and we think we know what cordite is, it is also an explosive. Which it is, it is a “Low” explosive used as a propellant. Low explosives are used as a propellant because a high explosive can cause a bullet or a shell to travel at to high a speed down the barrel causing excessive wear. Cordite can still be found in shell cases on old battlefields, it is no longer made in the UK. The UK no longer makes shell propellant. Propellant used in British munitions is imported from Germany. Propellants when being used are seldom the actual cause of death. So when in use Death by Cordite is rare.
Now, do not try this at home, or on a visit to old battlefields. Cordite has another property, apart from being a propellant, It tastes like Chewing gum. Readily available, and just like smoking can steady the nerves. It was never a good idea to do both at the same time though.