Rocket-propelled grappling hook in WW2? -1 reply

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GirlsHateMe

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#1 12 years ago

It got me thinking when I was playing COD 2 on SP. At the start when the Americans are just reaching for the beach in 'Point Du Hoc' rocket-propelled grappling hooks are fired right onto the cliffs but did they ever actually used them in real-life ?




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#2 12 years ago

well i think i saw it in a film once 'the longest day' i think and i dont see why they wouldnt.




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#3 12 years ago

yes they used them at du hoc in real life




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#4 12 years ago
Aeneas2020yes they used them at du hoc in real life

I dont know why u guys seem suprised to see rocket techonlogy being used in ww2 when the germans had a variors german rocket powered air craft built and in the works(they had a space program although it was abandoned for a cheaper less risky operation) even before the germans used rockets in their airforce scientists were fiddling with rocketry since gunpowder and black powder was discovered(chinese,arabs,ect). I hate how all these grappling hooks actually attach to something none miss-lol




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#5 12 years ago

Couldn't find any pics of the LCA's with the rocket tubes, but there's plenty of articles verifying the use of them. Most accounts of the mission are much more difficult than the game shows though. Most of the hooks didn't hold, leaving many troops struggling to crawl out of craters below. The Germans were tossing grenades, shooting guys off the ropes, and greasing the ropes. They also used ropes ladders as well as ropes, which weren't shown in the game. Here's a photo of guys climbing the rope ladders, a rare find: pointeduhocescalade2ob.jpg




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#6 12 years ago

wow awesome pic omen...yeah all the forces in ww2 used rockets extensively for various purposes ranging from launching grappling hooks as seen in cod2, through to domestic and artillery uses.




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#7 12 years ago

Weren't some of the grappling hooks ever thrown by hand ? and how did they manage to propel the rope ladders onto the cliffs ?




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#8 12 years ago

i assume some of them were but if you think you could throw a heavy grappling hook up over a hundred feet of wet cliff then i'd like to see it (no offence meant)...im not sure they if they used rope or wooden ladders.