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What is this bizarre...weapon?

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    Default What is this bizarre...weapon?

    I came across this weird photo today and I'm at a total loss to explain it.
    Has anyone seen this before?

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    Listening devices... Sort of a low-tech means of detecting incoming airplanes before radar was invented.

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    Joe's dead right; here's a linky to these Japanese sound amplifiers.

    Japanese war tuba - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Thanks, guys! A remember seeing this same image a few years ago and asking the same question as Glen.

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    Ah Ned beat me to it.

    This sort of thing was seen in europe too, if I'm not mistaken, although in a different form.


    Nitram

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    Similar devices.

    The concrete acoustic mirror would have a man sat in front of it with a similar rig to these horns. Used up to the advent of radar, and no doubt after to compliment the new technology. Surprisingly effective too if I remember a documentary on it.




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    I was a Fire Control Technician in my U.S. Navy days and worked on a surface to air missile system and the radar. What a cool device and a fantastic example of technology at the time. I had no idea this ever existed

    Thanks

    Burt
    Happiness is a belt fed weapon

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    It looks like something from a Dr. Seuss book!! LOL

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    Quote by Nitram View Post
    Ah Ned beat me to it.

    This sort of thing was seen in europe too, if I'm not mistaken, although in a different form.


    Nitram
    Here are some more examples:
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    The Russian model could double as a beer / vodka bong

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