BRITISH SHELL SHORTAGE OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

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At the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915, British gunners fired more shells in one half hour bombardment than during the whole of the Boer War. However, back at home there was a shortage of men to make the shells and a shortage of acetone, to make cordite for the shells. Britain had enough guns but it was running out of munitions. The ‘Shell Crisis’ had hit the British war effort.By May 1915, British guns had been rationed and there was a very real possibility that the War could be lost. In Parliament the Conservative opposition forced the Liberal Government into creating a coalition to deal with the crisis.

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