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I don't know anything about how it works.... My father had one, and I remember asking what it was... about fifty years ago. I know he made 16" shells (the cone section) at Budd Wheel for the US Navy during WWII on a lathe. I was told they were 4 feet long and threaded onto a regular shell and filled with grease so when hit a pillbox the shell would crack the concrete allowing the explosive to slip through and explode inside the pill box. It was used at Normandy. He may have used it when using the lathe.. 

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