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Shrapnel

In the United Kingdom, a slang term for loose coins in one's pocket.
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John Melville and Daniel Paton of Montrose Air Station Museum found the 15lb shrapnel shell on the doorstep on Wednesday.
One First World War history site goes into more graphic detail of this devastating battle, stating that: "The British preliminary bombardment started at 5am, the field artillery pounding the barbed wire with shrapnel shells while the howitzers showered the trenches with large-calibre shells.
Crawley notes the artillery had mostly shrapnel shells, which had limited value against sheltered defensive positions.
The First World War was Europe's first experience of industrial warfare, and blast injuries from shrapnel shells could destroy limbs, lacerate flesh and leave deep holes in soldiers' bodies.