Tired artillery


#1

German photo of an artillery shell which when spent ended up on the bed.


#2

Do you think it just landed like that?


#3

Not possible to determine. Interesting enough for the official photographer to take the shot. Projectiles can do unpredictable things. There is the true story of the fellow who was shot in the head in the war and carried the bullet in his head for decades until he sneezed one day and it came out of his nose. It has worked its way out of his sinuses over years. Obviously fired( you can see the rifling on the driving band) it could have spent its last energy penetrating the house. There is a famous WW2 era photo of a fellow sitting in bed with a German butterfly bomb hanging above where it had penetrated into his bedroom. Mass plus velocity can make for strange paths.


#4

The projectile in the picture is clearly fired from the grooves on the driving band. Many such rounds failed to explode.
In the next picture they will be trying to salvage the nose cone.

Many such rounds failed to explode because they came in base first due to over rifling of the guns that fired them. I have seen hundreds of similar shells on the battlefields that have no nose damage at all. Conclusion, they landed base first and failed to go off.


#5

Good points. It is hard to understand how these things can go through so much stress and come out with little damage BUT they do.


#6

Slightly bigger naval shell bounced off another.
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Soren


#7

Yes…sometimes artillery is very tired…

( this picture is not a fake. The horse was really hit by an artillery shell and survived . For many years)


#8

[quote=“mausernut”]Slightly bigger naval shell bounced off another.
shorpy.com/node/4641
Soren[/quote]

You win !


#9

[quote=“Pivi”]Yes…sometimes artillery is very tired…

( this picture is not a fake. The horse was really hit by an artillery shell and survived . For many years)[/quote]

Really amazing !