stripeyman Posted 24 May , 2020 Share Posted 24 May , 2020 On 13 May I received a small hardback book entitled 'From the Ashes' which is a 2020 book regarding the reconstruction of the battlefields of Flanders. Its not too bad but one statement in a box on page 96 states; ' One fifth of all shells did not explode. During the First World War some 1.5 billion shells were fired. Of these roughly one-fifth failed to explode. Even today, some 200-300 tons of munitions are recovered and made safe each year ! ' Was it really 1.5 billion ? Did 20% fail to detonate ? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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