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Tr is well understood that, the German shells ore not ineffective, as it is pretended by some. They can commit terrible ravages, though they are not so deadly as the French or Fnelir.h shells. But. a certain nun'-her of Ilvm are inexplicably harmless even when they do explode. I have nn authentic story (writes Mr Ashmcad-Bart-lett in the London ' Telcrraph') frpm an officer who was wounelcd by a shell in tho knee as he was crawling from ono trench to rno'th'T After he was wour.ded he was mazed bv a second shell, which struck hint on the ribs just under his right arm. II" felt the impact as if someone had elbowed him. It exploded within less thin a yard of him. and yet it failed to do rr.ore than simply mil him over on the other side. Near the eanie trench a young volunteer of onlv 19 was hit by a- shell in the small of the lack as he was stooping down. It exploded and threw him forward, but beyond a mere temporary stunning tie fell nothing These stories, incredible as they may seem, I would not mention ha 1 I not heard them from tho officers and niei:, whose word is cerlainlv reliable. Things like this lead to a common belief in the trnrches that the majority of the German shells ;:re harmless, and the men have become, accustomed to hearing them explode ove- their heads with absolute indifferonne.

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GERMAN v. BRITISH SHELLS., Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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GERMAN v. BRITISH SHELLS. Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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