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Gun cotton placed on enemies wire during a dummy raid carried out with the help of the Artillery.

  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    First time I have come across gun cotton in the diaries, since I started tagging them 3 years ago. Page link: https://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD0003h78

    Explanation for Gun Cotton: Nitrocellulose (also known as cellulose nitrate, flash paper, flash cotton, gun cotton, and flash string) is a highly flammable compound formed by nitrating cellulose through exposure to nitric acid or another powerful nitrating agent. When used as a propellant or low-order explosive, it was originally known as gun cotton.


  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    Interesting. I came across it in reference to a mine once, but that's all.


  • cyngast by cyngast moderator

    I've seen it in Royal Engineer unit diaries when they were blowing up bridges.