What is the Devil's Porridge©'
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, visited H. M. Factory, Gretna during 1916, it had already started to produce Cordite, a propellant used in ammunition that was fired by the British Armed Forces. When Doyle visited the new National Factory at Gretna, he described the highly explosive paste which was mixed by women who worked in the factory, as the ‘Devil's Porridge©.’
An appropriate name for the highly explosive mixture of nitro-glycerine and nitro-cotton that propelled munitions from the weapons used by the armed forces.
The dried paste, as an end product looked very similar to ‘uncooked spaghetti.’