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THE DEADLY TURPINITE.

A French officer, who was wounded in one of the recant battles near Soissons. has explained to a representative of tho London ' TeloL'ranh ' T .he mvsteriotis effect of the French shell of the "75" pattern, wlirh instantaneously asphyxiates scores of men. who remain dead in the trenches in exnctlv tho position thev were at the moment, of being struck. He had himself frequently seen trenches evacuated by the Gern ans. in which croups of dead were found in lifelike attitudes. Tn ono trench ho saw -ihont 25 dead. Some were half evert, leaning forward a.iainst the trench : others were reclining with an arm half raised : and others, a sain, were on their k'.e»r, or stooping. The secret of this was that as the shell explodes it. spreads a thick metallic shower over the mon. most of whom when struck have tho skull perforated with a piece of metal not larger than an ordinary shot, which instantly paralvses the nervous centre, and leaver them" dead in the attitude in which they wero struck. Tf accounts, also, for the. tenor with which these shells inspire the Germans.

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THE DEADLY TURPINITE., Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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THE DEADLY TURPINITE. Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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