Courtesy of reader Robert, we have a couple documents for you today. First up is a British 1918 manual on identifying different types of ammunition by projectile, case, and packaging markings. Given the variety of artillery in Commonwealth use by that time, I’m sure this manual was a welcome source of information for new ordnance officers – and it makes an excellent reference for us today as well:
Second, we have a 200+ page report on military ammunition published in French in 1899. It covers the different international types of ammunition for both artillery and small arms, and includes a fair bit of early ballistic testing. For example, did you know that a 6mm Lee Navy will perforate 2 and sometimes 3 cadavers at 4,750 meters? (I find it equally impressive that they managed to hit a target that size at that distance). Obviously it is more useful if you can read French, but even a non-reader will find interesting things in its pages.