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"Liquid Air in German Shells" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following article on the reported use of liquid air in German shells on the Russian Front was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 1, June 18, 1942.

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The Germans at Kerch are reported to have used bombs, mortar and artillery shells containing a powerful explosive involving liquid air with evidences of magnesium. The resultant air pressure is reported to cause death by lung collapse, a reaction similar to that of death by gas or asphyxiation. The usual protective measures are said to be worthless due to the large effective radius.

G-2 Comment: Due to lack of United Nations observers on the Russian front, no first hand information is available on this subject.

(M/A Ankara, J-33)


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