https://forum.snipershide.com/threads/revolutionary-war-documentation.6876004/#post-6951654I've been trying to keep up with the stuff here in Maggie's Drawers, but I must have missed that. Can someone post a link to the thread with the answer, or give the title (and forum, if different)?
Yes, Barney, you are correct. Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis (and others) went to Prague during WWII for the purpose of killing Reinhard Heydrich in an operation called "Anthropoid." Kill him they did. Gabcik was supposed to shoot him, but his gun jammed. Kubis threw an explosive at Heydrich's vehicle. When it exploded, it sent shrapnel and horse hair from Heydrich's Mercedes' seats. His surgical treatment included the removal of his spleen and other bits. He convalesced for seven days, and seemed to be on the mend but on the seventh day took a turn for the worse. Heydrich's cause of death was listed as septicemia by his doctors and it was surmised that horse hair caused the infection.How was horse hair unintentionally used to change the course of the world war ii?
That is also a possibility, but not something that I can confirm. Really nasty little bit of bomb making if that is what happened.Now, that might have been a secret botulism bomb.
Thanks. I hadn't been in that forum yet, so now I know why I hadn't seen "the other thread".
They actually did it in schools, as part of school work. So yeah, children made them. Some very young children in fact. These bombs also account for the only US civilian deaths accountable to enemy fire during WW2. A family in (CA?) took a picture with one and it detonated when the kid touched it, as I recall.Teenage girls.
For the win!! Cheers, SirhrIn desperation, Japanese war planners utilized every possible means to convert available resources into fuel substitutes. The Japanese manufactured alcohol from confiscated food supplies such as potatoes, sugar, and rice, thus forcing a direct competition between human stomachs and mechanical gas tanks. But alcohol has an energy content of about 65,000 Btu per gallon, whereas aviation gasoline delivers about 130,000 Btu per gallon. So on the best of days, Japanese aircraft took off with half the energy equivalent of their American counterparts in their fuel tanks. And aerial combat proved the disparity, with American aircraft utterly dominating the skies.
People in Japan were forced to tighten their belts even more when large amounts of garden vegetables began to be used for manufacturing lubricating oils. And even old rubber products such as tires and rain slickers were "distilled" to recover whatever oil could be had. But it was not enough.
By late 1944, the Japanese navy commenced a project to manufacture aviation fuel from pine tree roots. "Two hundred pine roots will keep an airplane in the sky for one hour," said a Navy spokesman. The Japanese navy distributed over 36,000 kettles and stills, in which countless pine tree roots met their fate. Many a hillside of Japan was utterly denuded of trees. But each kettle or still could produce only about 4 gallons of raw product, and even that required significant treatment to upgrade to anything approaching usable fuel. Compounding the problem, each still required its own fuel supply, and this exacerbated an already severe fuel shortage in Japan. By one estimate, 400,000 Japanese worked full-time in order to support a dispersed, inefficient industrial base that could produce all of about 2,500 barrels of pine oil per day. In the end, a mere 3,000 barrels of "pine root" aviation fuel were ultimately delivered to the Japanese navy. And the pine derivative gummed up aviation engines after just a few hours of use. The entire project was a massive waste.