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What a total load of excrement. Most of them are wired artillery rounds or similar. Even the shaped charge are small in % terms.



You mean, the same aspect of explosive rounds for the last 300 years? Wow, that is new!
No...foreign matter injected into the wound..not neuro blast damage. Kind of a to-for-one punch.
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No...foreign matter injected into the wound..not neuro blast damage. Kind of a to-for-one punch.
Yes, that is the point. Bacterial infection from wounds is common, but not particularly (or even likely) from IEDs beyond the wider environment.
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Yes, that is the point. Bacterial infection from wounds is common, but not particularly (or even likely) from IEDs beyond the wider environment.
The chance of infection was probably as high if not higher from shells exploding in the mud and rotting corpses (animal and human) of Flanders in WW1. And there were no antibiotics then.

The first record of a death by blast from an explosive weapon comes from the Battle of the Nile when a British sailor was killed by a French shell fired from a warship which left no obvious physical trauma. There may well have been earlier instances but not recorded.
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The first record of a death by blast from an explosive weapon comes from the Battle of the Nile when a British sailor was killed by a French shell fired from a warship which left no obvious physical trauma. There may well have been earlier instances but not recorded.
I'm thinking gunners who had their piece explode. Not a rare event back in the early artillery days. Protect us St Barbara.
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I'm thinking gunners who had their piece explode. Not a rare event back in the early artillery days. Protect us St Barbara.
But probably not killed by the shockwave of the blast but by pieces of flying metal. Most of the early guns that exploded were built op guns consisting of a tube constructed by hammer welding iron bars around former, over which red hot iron rings were shrink fitted and closed with an iron plug - lots of bits to fly around if it burst. The early gunners often fired their pieces remotely by a powder train
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Lots of possibilities there. Fragment wound don't negate overpressure concussion, or a head blow by a fragment. Often wondered how well those helmets protected soldiers from clubbing. A lot of them look like they are for show & not much for protection.

This reminds me of Gen Hookers head blow from a wood fragment. A life time of severe headaches and bouts of cognitive malfunction after that.
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The first record of a death by blast from an explosive weapon comes from the Battle of the Nile when a British sailor was killed by a French shell fired from a warship which left no obvious physical trauma. There may well have been earlier instances but not recorded.
Possibly early explosive charges fired by some from of late-Medieval / early-Modern catapult?
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The point about the sailor at the Nile was that he had no obvious injuries (apart from being dead) which is why the incident was noted. If some one was hit by fragments then , given the state of medical knowledge in the middle ages and until about the 18th century, that would be assumed to be the cause of death. Don't forget the church specifically prohibited autopsies at the time. People probably did die from blast as I said but it just wasn't noted.
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I'm not an expert but I should imagine the supersonic shock wave from an explosion doesn't go around the human body, it goes through it without leaving an external mark, so internal organs and the brain could get seriously rattled..
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I'm not an expert but I should imagine the supersonic shock wave from an explosion doesn't go around the human body, it goes through it without leaving an external mark, so internal organs and the brain could get seriously rattled.
I would be expect most to be sub-sonic, but yes that is the point. What I misunderstood about Mark V's point was the clear identification of the injury cause.
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It isn't any different; the IED is often made from the ammunition you have mentioned below.

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Especially since some IEDs are made from artillery, mortar, or rocket rounds?
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I'm not an expert but I should imagine the supersonic shock wave from an explosion doesn't go around the human body, it goes through it without leaving an external mark, so internal organs and the brain could get seriously rattled..
They get liquified...
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They get liquified...
But not without leaving some external mark
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Incidentally 9 Russian hikers in the Urals vanished in winter 1959 and when their bodies were found they had internal organ damage and other injuries, and one of the many theories is that they strayed into an army weapon testing range and were hit by shock waves from weapon tests.
(google 'Dyatlov Pass Mystery', the incident is all over the net and youtube)
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