Gunpowder: Ten Cool Facts

Gunpowder: Ten Cool Facts

by BigJules

x1024-powder of death packshotResearch for me is almost as interesting and rewarding as actual writing. I found this particularly true when doing my homework for The Powder of Death, my new historical standalone, out August 18. Not only did I have to delve into the medieval period in Europe but ancient China, the chemistry of gunpowder and the physics of early ballistics. Certainly a riveting diversion from my ongoing Kydd tales and the Age of Fighting Sail! Here are some of the fascinating facts I came across researching The Powder of Death. And at the end of this blog there’s a chance to win a copy of the book, along with a smart Allison & Busby tote to carry it in!

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Endless Story, Destroyer Operations in the Great War

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The publisher is to be commended for bringing back into print a best seller that was last seen 80 years ago. The author served in destroyers during WWI and therefore had a first hand experience of the subject. This is a very important book that describes the technology, tactics and deployment of the smaller warships that served in great numbers and with great distinction. Highly recommended, a must read book about a hugely important part of WWI naval history.

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Operation Menace, The Dakar Expedition and the Dudley North Affair

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The publisher performs a valuable service by ensuring that Marder’s books continue to be available as printed paper. Marder wrote a series of incite-full books on the Royal Navy at War. As an American, he took an external perspective and this may have helped to produce histories that cut directly to the heart of the matters. In this book, he dissects a tragi-comedy of a campaign where all that could go wrong did. As a campaign it may have been an unnecessary and unmitigated disaster, but the Royal Navy personnel performed with their customary courage and determination. A valuable and compelling history from an accomplished historian.

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Bomb Making Materials Seized After Arrest of Five Suspects on Terror Charges

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Manama, July 22: Police last night seized bomb-making materials and weapons after arresting five suspects on terrorist charges, the Ministry of Interior said. The ministry said that the investigation was still going on in order to identify additional members of the group and bring them to justice.

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Whistleblower fired by Horizon awarded $1 million; Dredge order for Keppel

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Austal-built LCS 6 completes shock trials
July 20, 2016 —Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) reports that the Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) has successfully completed Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST) off the coast of Florida. Three tests were scheduled for the ship and each test was conducted with a 10,000-pound explosive charge.

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Lockheed Martin’s INFIRNO Sensor Makes First Flight on the BLACK HAWK Helicopter

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Lockheed Martin’s INFIRNO Sensor Makes First Flight on the BLACK HAWK Helicopter.

ORLANDO, Fla., July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) INFIRNOTM sensor system recently completed its first flight on an H-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter. This successful Lockheed Martin-funded test validated INFIRNO’s ability to detect, identify and track targets from an airborne platform.

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Lockheed Martin Explores Adaptable Weapons Kit for International BLACK HAWK Helicopter

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A European-built BLACK HAWK helicopter on display at the Farnborough International Airshow showcases weapons that can be integrated onto the multirole aircraft. Now we can configure an armed helicopter to the specific preferences of current and future customers. (PRNewsFoto/Lockheed Martin)
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Armed aircraft displayed at Farnborough Airshow demonstrates possibilities for military operators

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is exploring options to bring its weapons integration expertise to bear on the European-built S-70 BLACK HAWK helicopters made by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. The goal is to produce an armed kit scalable to the requirements of customers that procure International BLACK HAWK aircraft direct from Lockheed Martin.
A European-built BLACK HAWK helicopter on display at the Farnborough International Airshow showcases weapons that can be integrated onto the multirole aircraft. Now we can configure an armed helicopter to the specific preferences of current and future customers.

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