AMERICAN PRODUCTION OF MILITARY HIGH EXPLOSIVES AND THEIR RAW MATERIALS
By Lieut. Commander Carleton H. Wright, U. S. Navy
When H. M. S. Hampshire was sunk by a German mine on June 5, 1916, Germany rejoiced and gloom pervaded England, for Lord Kitchener, the man on whom Great Britain relied for guidance and leadership in the great struggle, went down with the ship. Now, however, it is generally recognized that his death at that time was a most fortunate occurrence for Great Britain and her allies, for Kitchener in his capacity of Secretary of State for War controlled in large part England's production of munitions, and his failure to grasp the fact that under the new conditions of warfare high explosives must be produced and supplied to the armies in the field in unprecedented amounts had already cost the British forces dearly.