The Archive of the Romanian Revolution of December 1989

A Catch-22 December 1989, Groundhog-Day Production. Presenting the Personal Research & Scholarship of Richard Andrew Hall, Ph.D.

Assorted video and photos of special bullets used in December 1989

(PERHAPS) ONLY IN ROMANIA!:  Twenty Years Later Romanianists and Romanians Continue to Deny the Existence of Atypical Munitions in December 1989…Even Though Clear Video Evidence Exists to Confirm Their Presence!

DUM-DUM MUNITIONS OF THE SECURITATE’S ELITE SNIPERS (above); VIDIA BULLETS (below)

Holland & Holland (London) magnum bullets found in Securitate V-a building

VIDIA bullets (Bucuresti, zona TVR) below– individual demonstrates how much smaller they are than Army’s standard 7,62 mm munitions


Penny Marshall, ITN correspondent:  “This is one of the thousands of bullets that’s been handed in or found on the streets here in Timisoara. 

To the Army it’s confirmation that they’ve been dealing with a specially-trained force…because it’s the type of bullet they’ve never seen before.”


Soldier speaking to Ms. Marshall:  “these are bullets…”

It is significant.  Vaeni, in a confused intervention, shows a bullet which he says he was given by a soldier on a tank which he and other civilians rode out from the center…one can only imagine that since the soldier gave him the bullet as evidence that as Vaeni says “others shot,” that this was not in the Army’s arsenal (otherwise it does not make a lot of sense).  So it is important to note, the whole discussion of the bullets used by non-Army forces (Securitate and Militia) began before the “terrorists” ever opened fire and in fact was specifically in discussion to bullets with which demonstrators had been shot the night before in Piata Universitatii (University Square).

Needless to say, the producer of this film (Sange pe Catifea, Cornel Mihalache) is unaware of the significance of this brief scene and doesn’t draw attention to it.

from TVR film “Sange pe catifea” (6b) between 10:00 and 10:30

http://www.trilulilu.ro/clauteo/6c99efb920996b

VIDIA bullets (Brasov) below; doctor describing wounds to the head caused by these munitions

Bucuresti CC

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“Un capitol aparte privind mijloacele folosite il constituie cartusele cu care s-a tras in Revolutie, multe gloante gasite fiind cel putin ciudate, de provenienta straina. Intr-o ampla ancheta, “Tineretul Liber” incearca sa elucideze misterul gloantelor “ciudate” apelind la maiorul Ion Stefanut, inginer specialist in armament si munitie la M.Ap.N. [nota mea: nu este mentionat aici dar e destul de important: in decembrie 1989 Stefanut a fost cadru…USLA]

Cartuse de tip “Kynoch-Magnum” s-au gasit la Buzau, dar si in zona Televiziunii si se pare ca o “mostra” a mai fost depistata si in zona fostului c.c. Este produs de firma “Kyondi”, celalalt cuvint “Magnum” fiind o unitate de masura. Acest cartus are calibrul 9,5 mm sau 0,375 toli. Este un cartus de vinatoare pentru vinat mare si poate fi tras cu orice tip de carabina sau puscaa de calibru 9,5 care are o camera destinata unui astfel de gen de incarcatura. Este un cartus de mare putere, caracteristicele lui permitind ca un bun tintas sa loveasca perfect si mortal la o distanta de 1000 m, viteza initiala a glontului este de circa 850 m/s. Pulberea din cartus este, intr-adevar mai neobisnuita, dar deloc noua, avind in vedere ca se fabrica din anii 70. Este vorba de o pulbere sub forma de…macaroane, cu ardere constanta, care imprima glontului o viteza marita, determinind si o mica uzura a tevii. “Macaroanele” sint facute din nitroceluloza plastificata cu nitroglicerina. Glontul este de tip “Softnosed”, ceea ce in traducere ar insemna, “cu nasul moale”, adica la impactul cu tinta, virful glontului se deformeaza radial, ceea ce determina producerea de rani grave la intrare. Nu este un glont penetrant raminind pe loc, dar provocind o lovitura de categoric mortala. Glontul este un miez de plumb acoperit intr-o camasa de tombac, un aliaj pe baza de cupru.

Apartia cartuselor de acest tip dovedeste ca si la noi exista asemenea arme de vinatoare. In dotarea fortelor noastre armate nu exista o astfel de arma.

Cartusele “Kynoch-Magnum” ramin stranii, prin aparitia lor insolita pe strazile Capitalei, alaturi de intreaga “colectie” de gloante adunata de echipele militare care au curatat subteranele Bucurestiului [dupa Voinea, nici acestea n-au existat] si casele din care s-a tras….”

 

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