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Burning the Savages

Burning the 'Savages' Incendiary Weapons by Malvern Humsden; SIPRI Monograph, Almqvist and Wiksell, Stockholm; pp 255. "DUM-DUM which gave its name to soft nosed bullets whose jackets did not cover the lead core was the name of a town on the outskirts of Calcutta, where an arsenal produced bullets of this kind for use by British Colonial forces against local resistance. The proceedings of the 1899 Hague Conference record that the British delegate Sir John Ardagh 'adds that there is a difference in War between civilised nations and against savages. If in the former a soldier is wounded by a small projectile, he is taken away in the ambulance, but the savage although run through two or three times, does not cease to advance. For this reason the English delegate demands the liberty of employing projectiles of sufficient efficacy against savages' ". This, from the SIPRI Study.

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