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#1 davec77

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 10:10 PM

Does anyone know what aerial darts were? I have heard of darts dropped from aircraft but extracts from 1917 war diary seem to indicate they were fired from enemy trenches. The Germans are described as getting the range to a nicety and firing them along with trench mortars
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#2 Andrew Hesketh

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 10:28 PM

Dave, there was a good thread on this a couple of years ago. http://1914-1918.inv...hl=aerial darts

#3 Max Poilu

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 08:23 AM

In this respect it refers to German Granatenwerfer mortar rounds rather than Flechettes (small sharp steel darts) dropped from aircraft.

This quite often comes up but this topic below should tell you all:

WW1 German "Pigeons", What? and How used

This is a Granatenwerfer round (Frans dug a load up recently - see the Diggers topic):

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#4 Max Poilu

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 08:27 AM

And this is a typical Flechette (British):

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 10:08 AM

Also see http://1914-1918.inv...;hl=aerial dart

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#6 davec77

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 08:50 PM

Thanks all,
Info gratefully received
Dave