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From this to Hiroshima in only 31 years...<br />
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A tiny metal missile dropped on enemy troops during the First World War which is regarded as the Britain's first bomb has emerged for sale.<br />
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The five-inch darts were dropped in batches of 500 from attack planes flying over German trenches to devastating effect.<br />
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They were capable of inflicting horrendous wounds - but upstanding British pilots viewed their use as underhand and eventually refused to use them.<br />
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The rudimentary devices, called flechettes, were superseded by darts with exploding tips and then full-scale bombs.<br />
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The flechette for sale is among the personal belongings of Harry Harse, an engineer stationed in France with RFC Squadron 12 in 1916.<br />
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It is expected to fetch £100 when it goes under the hammer at Onslows auction house in Blandford, Dorset, on behalf of relatives of Mr Harse from Reigate, Surrey, on July 9.