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WW2 SOE Exploding Rat

Article about: This is my homage (reproduction) of an SOE 'Rats, Explosive'. As you can see there was obviously a little bit of artistic licence used when the diagram was drawn, either that or they had ver

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    Sabots are also the wooden round bits that cannonballs are attached to, the powder bag was tied to the bottom of the sabot, I have included a photo of the one I have with a 6 pounder ball on it.
    When it comes to these odd "Bombs" I like the Horse Sh*T bomb... now as odd as that sounds, in WW2 a lot of the German transport was by Horses, and most civies used horses, so contray to modern films, the streets were full of horse crap

    BY the way, the sabot is the wooden bit between the ball and the bag

    Just my Thoughts.

    Dean O
    Ajax Canada
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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    Now available for tropical theaters of war: Exploding camels and exploding elephants offering considerably more bang for your buck! (Still under development are exploding whales for naval warfare: Exploding sperm whale carcass caught on camera in the Faroe Islands - YouTube )

    Sorry, just couldn't resist it!

    But, seriously: Very interesting; I had never heard of that.
    Actually, exploding elephants were used on a trial and error (mostly error) basis during the Boer War.
    How ever, the exploding elephant experiment came to a crashing halt around the time of the very first elephant called upon for this not so pleasent duty.
    Whilst a rat can be held down by a a couple of determined men and the detonator inserted, it was found that a full grown elephant wasnt as easily persuaded, which led to several soldiers being trampled.
    In retrospect, it was also deemed a mistake to use a cold detonator.

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    Working on something about the boomtown rats.... you get the idea.

    A bit of an ikea joke that one. Put it together yourself, bits missing etc etc.

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    Boom Town of my Fav bands..but of course " I Never Loved Eva Braun" she had an exploding Rat..sorry mistaken, a self shooting rat. LOL

    Dean O
    Ajax Canada

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    There were some very unusual uses for animals in relatively recent wars-in WW1 the Germans had a 'cavalry' regt mounted on Zebu humpback cattle in East Africa where Tse Tse flies made the use of horses impractical-the US experimented with incendiary devices strapped to bats in WW2 (the idea being that they would roost in large buildings like factories or hangars) and of course our old friends the Soviet AT dog mines...

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    The Americans tried Camels in the south, ( not the smoking type) Texas I think..but that did not work out
    In Canada we tried riding Polar Bars up North, however that did not work out either..bears got fatter and we ran out of riders. LOL

    Dean O
    Ajax Canada

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    Taka,I don't think trying to blow up Heydrich with one would have worked,he would have smelt a rat.[don't all groan at once,best I could do.----lol

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    Quote by harryamb2 View Post
    Taka,I don't think trying to blow up Heydrich with one would have worked,he would have smelt a rat.[don't all groan at once,best I could do.----lol
    Harry get your coat mate!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.

    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Quote by Gunny Hartmann View Post
    Harry get you coat mate!....
    Can somebody put one of the 'special' rats in the pocket first???
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Didn't the Russians send exploding dogs to take out tanks?

    I am sure I read this somewhere

    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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