ammonal


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ammonal

[′a·mə‚nal]
(materials)
A high-explosive mixture, made of ammonium nitrate, trinitrotoluene (TNT), and flaked or powdered aluminum.
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Far better to visit Messines, south of Ypres, where in June, 1917 Allied troops heralded their initial attack on Passchendaele by detonating the biggest mine of the war, 91,000lbs of ammonal nitrate.
Long tunnels were driven down and forward in the chalk bedrock under the opponents' trenches and packed with ammonal or guncotton explosive; terrorist attacks in our own decade, when a ton or two of fertilizer-based mix is set off in a truck in London or Oklahoma City, show us the force of this mass of stuff.
In addition, three patrols included parties - an NCO and four ORs - detailed to carry ammonal tubes and insure that lanes were blown through the German wire for withdrawal purposes.
When zero came my anxiety was that some of the mines had been sitting in extremely wet ground for nearly a year, and the explosive was ammonal which doesn't go off when its wet; it was in soldered waterproof tins --but we wondered how they'd fared.
This high vantage point was practically leveled by the tunnellers in 19 sequential explosions of over a million pounds of Ammonal, the newest high-explosive.
A series of chambers would be dug to hold the explosive charges of, usually, ammonal.
on the morning of June 6, they set off nearly a million pounds of gunpowder and ammonal in an explosion that was distinctly heard in London and reputedly at Dublin, 500 miles from the Front.