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star shell

[′stär ‚shel]
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At 0100 hrs USS Plunkett, the closest destroyer to Trentonian, noted in her log: "At this time a good deal of activity is apparent to the northward and many star shells were observed in this area throughout the earlier part of the night.
Plunkett ordered star shells to be fired over the two radar contacts now only 4,500 yards distant.
But few children now pester neighbours for wood, nor the pennies to buy the rockets, Catherine wheels and star shells that are part of any half decent fireworks display.
In the light of German star shells, British soldiers offered perfect silhouetted targets into which the machine-gunners sent a murderous hail of bullets.
"Star shells were quite good as when one of those went up you could see where you are going.
"The only good thing was the star shells eased off but it was more snipers we had to worry about.
Many residents came out to watch as star shells burst in the blue sky.