Dynamites and nitrocellulose during the Napoleonic Wars

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Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
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Florania
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A previous poster reminds me that dynamites and nitrocellulose were possible during the 18th to 19th century
with the introduction of sulfuric acid.
It might still be improbable yet not astronomically impossible.
Let's imagine if dynamites and nitrocellulose were present in the Napoleonic Wars.
Even Molotov cocktail and the humble acetate can be weapons of area destruction.
What impacts might these explosives bring?
How powerful were firearms during the Napoleonic Wars?
 

Dan Howard

Ad Honorem
Aug 2014
4,682
Australia
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In addition to highly concentrated sulfuric acid, you also need highly concentrated nitric acid, which couldn't be produced before the 19th century.
 

Naomasa298

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Apr 2010
35,069
T'Republic of Yorkshire
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A previous poster reminds me that dynamites and nitrocellulose were possible during the 18th to 19th century
with the introduction of sulfuric acid.
It might still be improbable yet not astronomically impossible.
Let's imagine if dynamites and nitrocellulose were present in the Napoleonic Wars.
Even Molotov cocktail and the humble acetate can be weapons of area destruction.
What impacts might these explosives bring?
How powerful were firearms during the Napoleonic Wars?

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