Dogs?The Soviets in WW2 created the first smart anti-tank weapon. However, it was a weapon that backfired rather seriously due to, for lack of a better term, sensor issues.
What was it? How did it work? How did it backfire on them?
Sometimes, the dogs came running back to the trenches, or to where their controller was. On several occasions, the bomb detonated, killing Soviet soldiers, or its controller. Of the 30 dogs, six exploded upon returning to the trenches.
Inevitably, the operator had no option but to shoot the dog before it reached him.
I was thinking of the first time a foreign officer "commanded" US troops being troops under "the command" of a non American officer. Lafayette was certainly under Washington, "The Commander".In what battle were American troops first under the command of a non American officer?
A good way to blow up a train is with a Martini Henry. Captain Jack Hindon is credited with this type of bomb which was used to great effect in the Boer War:This standard issue Victorian era infantry rifle was frequently used to blow up trains...
What and how on earth do you blow up a train with an infantry rifle?
Close.. And not Arabs... But rumors of animal fat on cartridge papers that had to be bitten off... caused the Sepoy rebellion. The Muslim Sepoys (Indian Levies -- before partition... they would be Pakistanis's today) objected to pork fat.. The Hindu troops objected to cartridges and cartridge paper being lubricated with beef tallow. The objections to the fat (and rumors about it... was very overblown) was a spark... There were deeper seated issues. And, technically, this pre-dated the Martini.I remember someone mentioning this previously here on the hide. Not sure if it was in this tread or somewhere else. The lubricant was rendered pork fat and the Arabs refused to use the cartridges due to their religious beliefs. They didn't want to handle or load them iirc and revolted when given the ammunition.
You got it Barney. (Sirhr, you nailed the lubricant issue. I'm sure that's often said of you in many contexts). The shorter lever on the Mark IIs was replaced by the longer lever seen on Mark IVs. Greater leverage and better casings solved the issue, but the .303 and bolt actions were already on the way in by the time all this was relatively sorted out, so Mark IVs didn't get much combat use. If you are picturing Ishandlawana or Rourke's drift, it would have been a Mark II.The brass foil casings?