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"Gudol Powders" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A report on German ordnance with Gudol powder in WWII, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 31, August 12, 1943.

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Frequently within recent months technical descriptions of German ordnance contained the word "Gudol" or "Gudol-type powder". A description of this flashless propellant has recently become available. Its chief constituents are triglycoldinitrate, nitro-cellulose and nitroguanidine in equal parts. Nitroguanidine made by nitrating guanidine, which is a urea compound made from calcium cyanamide, releases large quantities of ammonia when discharged as a propellant. While the ammonia lowers the gas temperature below the flash-point, when used in large quantities as artillery ammunition, it produces enough ammonia gas to unfavorably affect the gun crews, particularly on a still day.


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