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Fuzzy Bunny

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#1 13 years ago

Hi kids,

today's episode of Fuzzy's WWII exotica for once does not concern us with the scientific exploits of Der Fuehrer's men of learning in the white coats.

In the darkest days of 1940, with the hun legions standing at the doorstep, England needed a way to augment her understrength defences. With the British Expeditionary Forces having left most of their heavy equipment bullet-riddled on the beaches of Dunkirk, the threat of English cooking wasn't felt to be sufficient to deter an invasion of the currywurst-hardened teutonic hordes. The English coastal defences simply weren't acceptable, despite a high-tech early warning system consisting of a man with a pot and a spoon to bang it with in case of Luftwaffe attack.

So, what better way to frighten offOperation Seeloewe than to have a good old-fashioned weenie roast?

To this end, a unit called the "Petroleum Warfare Department" came up with the expedient of designing a system to fry any attempted invasion in the water through oil released from a network of pipes off the coast of England and ignited, creating a gigantic "Flame Barrage" or "Wall of Flame", as the project was known.

Pictures of one of the trials:

beach.jpg

The project never went beyond the trial phase, as it would have been prohibitively complex and expensive, although a few demonstrations were made of a pilot installation for the benefit of the press. Most importantly, significant disinformation about this "weapon" was spread both through radio broadcasts (detailed at http://www.psywarrior.com/DeceptionH.html ) and through various counter-espionage means.

Note that this site also has some interesting pictures and information of deceptive measures taken before Operation Overlord to fool the OKW about the location of the planned invasion. I've not linked to any images on this site, as I find their policy of requiring permission to re-use what are essentially un-copyrighted materials pretty obnoxious. The British propaganda leaflet (note the Electra House code) with useful phrases for German invaders is pretty funny though.

Another suggested mechanism involved laying electrical cables underneath approaches to landing beaches to electrocute German soldiers in the water (salt water conducts nicely, remember), but this would have required enough power to set the North Sea bubbling. I've not been able to find any online references to this, but there is a mention of it in the Time Life World War II series book "The Secret War" (Francis Russell, Time Life Books, Alexandria, VA, 1981) -- along with a load of other fun weapons.

Vaguely related was the project PLUTO (pipeline under the ocean) designed to supply advancing Allied forces in France with fuel:

http://www.combinedops.com/pluto.htm

Tomorrow's episode: rockets! (not just Bazookas and V2s.)




Dr.Fritz

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#2 13 years ago

Heard about that on the History channel. The Brits really came up with ingenious stuff.




Tanked

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#3 13 years ago

I think they also came up with plastic explosives, using it in raids on occupied Norway.




MrFancypants Forum Admin

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#4 13 years ago

Nice idea, sadly it is really a bit expensive to outfit a whole coast with such a defense-system.

As for the eletrocution, they could just have used extensive barbedwire with electricity and maybe some water sprayed on advancing troops, couldn't they?




Admiral Donutz VIP Member

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#5 13 years ago

MrFancypantsNice idea, sadly it is really a bit expensive to outfit a whole coast with such a defense-system.

As for the eletrocution, they could just have used extensive barbedwire with electricity and maybe some water sprayed on advancing troops, couldn't they?

Agreed, intrestin concept but the cons outweight the pro's. It costs too much time, money and effort to complete such a defence system.




Fuzzy Bunny

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#6 13 years ago
MrFancypantsAs for the eletrocution, they could just have used extensive barbedwire with electricity and maybe some water sprayed on advancing troops, couldn't they?

"Don't whiz on the electric fence!"

(sorry, couldn't resist the Ren & Stimpy reference...)




Wooly_Bully

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#7 13 years ago
FuzzyBunnyThe English coastal defences simply weren't acceptable, despite a high-tech early warning system consisting of a man with a pot and a spoon to bang it with in case of Luftwaffe attack.

Awww, I wish I had that job....:(