Dumdum Bullet, a soft-nosed bullet that flattens out when it strikes its target. It inflicts a far more severe wound than a standard bullet with a hard point. The name comes from the British arsenal at Dumdum, near Calcutta, India, where such bullets were made in the 19th century. The Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907 banned the use of dumdum bullets in war.
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The Supermarine Spitfire was continuously improved throughout World War II, with 22,000 Spitfires produced. The Spitfire fought successfully in every theater of the war. See specifications for the Spitfire and read how this heroic airplane developed.