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David

Darling

cordite

Cordite is a smokeless, high-explosive shell and bullet propellant containing nitrocellulose (guncotton and nitroglycerin), with petroleum jelly as a stabilizer. Other nitrates were partially substituted for nitroglycerin in World War II to reduce gun-barrel erosion. Cordite is generally manufactured in strands or cords, which give it its name.