About "Dum-Dum" bullets in 1899

recently I got a small pile of old newspapers from 1899 - “Tygodnik Illustrowany” (“Illustrated Weekly”). Most popular magazine in Poland till 1939. Found a short article about “Dum-Dum” bullets from 24th July 1899. Hope I translated it well. ;)

“A lot has been written in recent times about the famous invention of civilized barbarians, known as the “Dum-Dum” bullet, mainly because of the decision of the Peace Confederation, which condemn the “Dum-Dum” bullet, recognizing it as identical to exploding bullets, prohibited by international law, now “Policy”. The “Dum-Dum” bullet owes its destructive power to the fact that the nickel jacket covering the lead cone ball does not cover its top. As a result, after impact, lead and sometimes a jacket, splatters into small particles, tearing muscles and bones. It is true that “Dum-Dum” bullets have already been discontinued. On June 28, 1898, the English minister of war, under pressure from the public, forbid the shooting of “Dum-Dum” bullets. This concession, however, was only a trick, because instead of “Dum-Dum” bullets, the English invented a new bullet, which did not seem to be different from ordinary bullets used in European armies, but…”

“…more terrible than the “Dum-Dum” bullet. It is a bullet, entirely covered with a hard metal jacket, but the end of this metallic coating is empty; lead only fills part of the projectile without reaching the top completely. A similar bullet beats far more strongly than the “Dum-Dum” bullet, and inflicts equally dangerous wounds. In the attached drawings we see both species of bullets before and after the shot. Both bullets, having penetrated the body or bones, burst into small pieces and tear the wound that no surgeon in the world can cope with. New bullets have not been used so far during the war. Will “humanitarian” England decide to shoot them at Indians and Negroes - we will see.”

“Bullet with empty top.”

“Bullet with empty top after penetration of hard body (tree, bone)”

“Bullet with empty top after penetration of soft body (clay, muscles)”


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Great info and best translation, thank you very much.

Referring to Marks III, IV and V…all
Hollow point types…also in the 1898- 1900 period…but whilst these were “withdrawn from service” during Boer War ( the enemy was European), they were used to exhaustion ( MkV) in the
Somali Revolt ( The “Mad Mullah”,
But some were used in South Africa…Aussie bringback MkV are not scarce in Advanced Aussie Collections.
Doc AV