Friday, July 20, 2012

FYI: The Bat-Bombs of World War II

Let's all take a deep breath and pat each other on the backs for making it to Friday alive. 
As a reward... below is your Friday Fun-Fact...!!!
When we look back in the history of the US military we can find some pretty amazing and creative concepts for weapons. Take the Bat-Bomb of World War II for instance... 

The basic idea was that a bomb-like canister filled with bats would be dropped from high altitude over the target area. The bats would be in a sort of hibernation, but as the bomb fell (slowed by a parachute) they would warm up and awaken. At the appropriate altitude, the bomb would open and over one thousand bats, each carrying a tiny time-delay napalm incendiary device, would flutter away and roost in various nooks and crannies, many of them in extremely flammable wooden Japanese buildings. The napalm devices would go off more or less simultaneously, and thousands of little fires would start at the same time. Many of them would grow into large fires, and the ability of the Japanese firefighters to contain them would quickly be overwhelmed.
When I first read this story I thought it was a joke, but as I read on, it was certainly REAL. As history has shown, there are consequences in using live animals as weapons. During a demonstration of these bat-bombs, a few of the bats woke from hibernation too early and ended up burning down the Carlsbad Auxiliary Army Air Base...

Moral of the story: Don't mess with nature, especially when using animals as live bombs.

via murdoconline

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW! I did not know this.

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