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Dumdum Bullets
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Dumdum Bullets

Bullets having their lead core left uncovered at the point (semi-jacketed bullet), or having an unjacketed, but cylindrically bored point (hollow-point bullet). Owing to their construction, the bullets have a somewhat reduced power of penetration. At a short distance, however, they produce large wounds that heal with difficulty. The bullets are named after the Indian town of Dum Dum, where a munitions factory first produced semi-jacketed bullets for the British forces in the 1890s. …

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Gross, Gerhard P., “Dumdum Bullets”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 31 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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