Battiest weapons and cra­zi­est con­flicts

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sav­aging their crops.

Given that the emu can­not fly, has no com­man­ders, is gen­er­ally un­armed and un­trained, and an easy tar­get at six feet tall, and that the sol­diers were armed with Lewis guns and 10,000 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, it should have been no con­test.

In fact, the emu was the clear vic­tor. Only a few were hit, and car­ried on be­ing pests, tear­ing holes in fenc­ing so whole reg­i­ments of rab­bits could join in on their side. The Army re­treated, hu­mil­i­ated af­ter two failed cam­paigns.

Paradupers

Not all the D-day al­lied para­troop­ers dropped onto France were quite as they seemed. Some were mini-men dolls, with smaller para­chutes, to fool Ger­mans — you can’t tell from the ground.

They had fire­crack­ers at­tached that went off when they landed to start ap­par­ent fire­fights with which the Ger­mans oblig­ingly joined in, while ur­gently call­ing HQ to warn that the in­va­sion was on — in the wrong place.

Bat bombs

The US mil­i­tary de­vel­oped a strange pro­gram in World War II to drop bat bombs over Ja­pan. Each bomb would con­tain thou­sands of live bats to be re­leased close to the ground.

The bats would carry tiny in­cen­di­ary bombs strapped to their legs and, come day­break, roost in nooks and cran­nies of the pa­per and wood houses of the Ja­panese cities.

The plan was com­ing along when one of the canis­ters burst open at a US air base in New Mex­ico. The crea­tures fled to roost in dark places around the base — in­clud­ing fuel tanks and am­mu­ni­tion stores. Boom!

Reuters Dolls were at­tached to mini para­chutes to fool the Ger­mans into think­ing they were para­troop­ers.

GETTY The Aus­tralians fought a bat­tle against emus af­ter farm­ers com­plained they were de­stroy­ing their crops.

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