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Following on from my thread on shrapnel shell fuses, whilst I am not preoccupied with shells, I have a further question on gas shells.

Earlier this year a Pal illustrated how gas shells were filled under pressure, and I would now like to know how the gas was released.

There are many reposts of gas shells landing with a 'plop', signifying that the gas was not released by an explosion. But how was it released? My best guess is that the fuse was a percussion type, and was blown off when the shell landed. But then would the 'plop' have been accompanied by some kind of 'crack'.

Help please.

T :( ony

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Hello again. ;)

I think in the majority of cases and certainly in the later more sophisticated gas shells, a relatively small bursting charge was employed to fracture the case and disperse the gas.

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