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Petard

 

a charge of compacted black powder placed in a metal or cardboard casing. A petard is used in primer cups to transmit fire from the friction primer to the powder charge located in the artillery shell case. In time fuses, the petard transmits fire from the delay element to the detonator. A petard may also be used for creating sound effects in fireworks.

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HMS Petard located U-Boat U-559, below, and forced it to the surface
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Born on May 7, 1920, in Two Gates, Fazeley, near Lichfield, Grazier served on HMS Petard, a P Class destroyer which had the rare distinction of sinking a sub from each of the three Axis navies - the German U-Boat U-559, Italy's Uarsciek and the Japanese I-27.
Un petard avait ensuite explose tout pres d'un stadier, etourdi quelques instants.
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In suggesting that we reinvent St George he joins the sinister gang as he called them, hell bent on reinventing the bits of our history they do not like, thus he is hoisted by his own petard.
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