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The Bullets That Wouldn’t Stay Apart

Written by: George Chittenden : 27 Aug 2019

This incredible image features two bullets from the First World War, and more specifically the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915. Contrary to popular belief, these bullets didn’t collide in mid-air. If you take a closer inspection of the picture you’ll notice the round on the left doesn’t have any rifling on it whatsoever, but the round on the right does. It’s quite clear that one round collided with another.

bullets from the Gallipoli Campaign

bullets from the Gallipoli Campaign

The bullet on the left was probably part of a clip on an ANZAC soldier. Many examples of bullets colliding in mid-air exist, but largely they are bullets fired during the American Civil War when projectile velocity was much slower, and the proximity of combatants was closer.

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