TNT

Other Names

2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene

1-methyl-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene

Use

TNT has been the most widely used military explosive from World War I to the present time.

TNT is universally used as a bursting charge in shells, mines, bombs and grenades. It is used to a limited extent in industrial and military blasting and demolition explosives. TNT is used in a large number of composite explosives, either to render them castable mixtures or to extend the supply of more expensive explosives.

Source(s)

TM 9-1300-214, Military Explosives (w/C4, 1990)

FSTC 381-5042, Handbook of Foreign Explosives (1965)

OP 2216, Volume 1 - Aircraft Bombs, Fuzes, and Associated Components (1960)

OP 1280, Aircraft Bombs (1955)

OP 1664, Volume 1 - US Explosive Ordnance (1947)

OP 1665, British Explosive Ordnance (1946)

USNBD - Bombs and Fuzes, Pyrotechnics (1945)

TM 9-1904, Ammunition Inspection Guide (1944)