Cool stuff

Discussion in 'General Military' started by Rex in OTZ, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    The cartridge firing LeMat was not nearly as stylish and good looking as the Cap&Ball version.
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  2. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

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  3. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    Heavy hitting shoulder fired rifle.
    Recoilless rifles are capable of firing artillery-type shells at velocities and with an accuracy comparable to those of standard guns, but almost entirely without recoil.
    At 45 lbs, the M18 could nonetheless be shoulder-fired, with an attached tripod for more protected action in place. With an M26 sight its 5.3 lb HE or 5.64 lb HEAT round had a range of 4300 yards. 5 ft long, it took a man to operate it, but in a man's hands it was a fire-fight winner.


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  4. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    Im not sure if this hoes under Cool Stuff or Isant It Just Odd?

    Acoustic Kitty was a CIA project launched by the Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Science & Technology, which in the 1960s intended to use cats to spy on the Kremlin and Soviet embassies
    The CIA Plan to Use Cats as Spies (Till a Taxi Ruined It)
    Project Acoustic Kitty,” as it was called within the agency, actually took some five years to complete. No one seems to remember who first suggested spy cats, but once the Acoustic Kitty idea was fleshed out, it became a joint project between the CIA’s Office of Technical Services and Office of Research and Development. The departments’ engineers and technicians had their work cut out for them. For the cats to be effective spies, the implants couldn’t affect any of their natural movements, lest the spies draw attention to themselves, or cause any irritation that would prompt the cats to try to dislodge the equipment by rubbing, clawing or licking it. All the components – a power source, a transmitter, a microphone and an antenna – would also need to withstand the cats’ internal temperature, humidity and chemistry. Working with outside audio equipment contractors, the CIA built a 3/4-inch-long transmitter to embed at the base of the cat’s skull. Finding a place for the microphone was difficult at first, but the ear canal turned out to be prime, and seemingly obvious, real estate. The antenna was made from fine wire and woven, all the way to the tail, through the cat’s long fur to conceal it. The batteries also gave the techies a little trouble, since the cats’ size limited them to using only the smallest batteries and restricted the amount of time the cat would be able to record. The successful experimental animals had, up to this point, been able to move short distances and target specific locations in a familiar environment. Outside the lab, there was just no herding the cat. She’d wander off when she got bored, distracted or hungry. The cat’s hunger issues were addressed with another operation. The additional surgical and training expenses are estimated to have brought the total cost up to $20 million, but Acoustic Kitty was finally ready to venture into the real world. (The CIA documents on the project are still partially redacted, so we don’t know if the first cat in the field was the female cat mentioned before or a different one.) Tests of the equipment’s capabilities and performance were run first on dummies and then on live animals. During these tests, the cats were also monitored for their reactions to the equipment, to ensure their comfort and make sure their maneuverability and behavior were normal. After the agency weighed potential fallout from negative publicity against the value of successful feline spies, they proceeded to wire up their first fully functional agent. For the first field test, a CIA reconnaissance van was across the street from a park, where the marks were sitting on a bench. The cat hopped out of the van, started across the road, and was promptly hit and killed by a taxi.

    After the cat’s death, a CIA operative returned to the accident site and collected the spy’s remains. They didn't want the Soviets to get their hands on the audio equipment.

    Project Acoustic Kitty was completely abandoned in 1967. Deploying agents that the CIA had little to no control over was deemed a phenomenally bad idea. The project was declared an utter failure.

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  5. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    This guy was a pretty Cool pioneer.

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  6. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    Just finished watching xXx Return of Xander Cage, watching the tsunami of action flood the screen, one portion seemed to top out the Pile of BS, the portion where Dirt Bikes were surfing waves.

    As to quote Gomer Pyle. Well surprise surprise surprise!! :D

    The four-minute video caps three years and 5,000 man-hours spent working through dozens of iterations to nail the bike’s design. When Maddison first cooked up this crazy ide

    None of the bikes actually sank during testing. That would be both messy and expensive, so Maddison strapped an inflatable bag—the kind skiers use to survive an avalanche—and would trigger it anytime he fell off or felt the bike going under. His mechanic packed the air intake with foam, which minimized the risk of the engine sucking in water.

    I bet the US Navy Seal teams could be chomping at the bit to try out one of these?

    Imagine a bike with a carbon fiber frame to make it lighter upping its usefull load.

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  7. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    Well here is another one for the books folks.
    The Czech car killed more Nazi officers than active combat!

    The Nazi mindset of being flashy, egotistic and stupid machismo drove them to their own deaths in the Tatra.
    The Tatra 87 was a car built by Czechoslovak manufacturer Tatra. It was powered by a rear-mounted 3.0-litre air-cooled 90-degree overhead cam V8 engine that produced 85 horsepower and could drive the car at nearly 100 mph (160 km/h). It is ranked among the fastest production cars of its time.

    The Tatra 87 was praised by German officers in World War II for the superior speed and handling it offered for use on the Nazi Autobahn. The Nazi armaments and munitions minister Fritz Todt declared: "This 87 is the Autobahn car ..."

    Historians have revealed that more Nazi officers were killed in the Czech car, the Tatra 87, than in actual combat!!

    The Tatra 77a and 87 were Czechoslovakian-made cars which unintentionally became a killing machine that wiped out hundreds of Nazi officers. The car became known as the Allies secret weapon since it was helping them kill off Nazi troops craving the need for more speed.

    Known as the 'Czech's secret weapon' because it killed so many lead footed Nazi officers during World War II that the German Army eventually forbade its officers from driving the Tatra.
    It is said that within the first week after the Nazi’s commandeered and began driving these cars, seven high-ranking officers died in wrecks. Because of this, the car was dubbed by the Allied forces as the 'Czech Secret Weapon'. These high-ranking Nazi officers drove this car fast, but unfortunately the handling was rubbish, so at a sharp turn they would lose control, spin out and wrap themselves around a tree killing the driver more often than not.

    It not only survived WW2 but the Nazi killer even continued into the 1960's.

    This mind blowing 1962 communist ad for the Tatra 603 automobile.

    Despite the fact that it's in Czech, the plot is pretty simple: A couple who can apparently afford to buy a Tatra are being given a test ride by a Tatra salesman, played by Czech racing driver Jaroslav Pavelka. The film is essentially a demo for the Tantra 603, which we have to say does some amazing tricks, all things considered. Let's put it this way: We have trouble seeing something like a modern Lexus LS emerging unscathed from these stunts.
    Every now and then I run into a piece of technology which I find completely mind boggling. Something that shouldn’t really exist, but does anyway. The Tatra 603 is one of these things.
    Looking under the hood, well, you’ll find … nothing, because it’s a 100Hp aircooled V-8 rear engined car!

    … I mean, look at the driving insanity. Road hogging, drifting … in a rear engined car, reckless driving by a Czech racing driver!
    To find any real stuntdriver in 1962 in a Communist country to make a car commercial anyway just boggles the mind!
    This is as insane of a automobile sales ploy as Ive ever seen.

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  8. PaleHawkDown

    PaleHawkDown G&G Evangelist


    This thing is like an alternate universe version of "Bullet" or the original "The Italian Job." I never woulf have thought of an Eastern European country doing an ad like this.

    Somewhere buried deep in my collection of random crap is an old Nazi flier given to the troops telling them not to buy Italian pistols.

    At the time junior and NCO officers were allowed to carry sidearms IF they were willing to buy them themselves, and IF they fit in one of the standard issue holsters.

    When the Germans found themselves in Italy surrounded by cheap pistols that seemed to fit the bill, they snatched them up. The problem was that many of these guns had the extractor linked into the trigger, and the sucker was exposed.

    This isn't usually an issue unless you hit the side of the gun juuuuust riiight so that both sides of the toggle were pressed in at once, but when you are using the PPK-style holster there is a strap that you pull on to be able to draw the gun more quickly. When this strap was pulled it would push the extractor bar in, which would fire the gun.

    So many German officers were coming in with bullets in the leg that the Germans ran an investigation.

    Finally they released comic-book-style flyers to the troops.

    I always thought it would have been funny if the OSS or the Ministry of Propaganda had made up similar fliers stating that the anti-Italian gun ones were put out by the enemy to destabilize the friendship between Italy and Germany and to keep as many soldiers under-armed as possible.

    Maybe we could have had a lot more officers blow their legs off.
  9. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    The thing is, what did the run of the mill American really know of every day life in Communist Czecho-Slovakia in the early 1960's? Only folks that would have known that were most likely rooted in cold-war espionage duties and the average American would have known more about the dark side of the moon than day to day Czech life in 1962. :D

    They did seem to transition into capitalist economy rather quickly.
    Unlike North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba.

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  10. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

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    Regarding the surfing motorcycle: The Mythbusters took a shot at this with an unmodified motorcycle on a still, shallow pond and discovered that if they entered the water with a high enough starting speed, they could actually get about 300 feet before the thing sank. I think the critical speed was 50 mph or so.
  11. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    The intent of Operation Popeye was to extend the monsoon season over North Vietnamese and Viet Cong resupply routes throughout southeast Asia, particularly the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
    Operation Popeye was a large and long running operation that successfully manipulated weather by seeding clouds, via aircraft, with silver and lead iodide. The crews, all from the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, were rotated into the operation on a regular basis from Guam. Inside the squadron, the rainmaking operations were code-named “Motorpool.” On average they were able to extend the monsoon season 30 to 45 days.


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  12. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    This is just pretty neat!
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  13. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    This is pretty interesting.
    Between 1965 and 1969, more than a million American soldiers served in combat in Vietnam. One can argue that they should never have been sent there, but no one would argue that, once committed to battle, they should have been given inferior equipment. Yet that is what happened. During those years, in which more than 40,000 American soldiers were killed by hostile fire and more than 250,000 wounded, American troops in Vietnam were equipped with a rifle that their superiors knew would fail when put to the test.

    The rifle was known as the M-16; it was a replacement for the M-14, a heavier weapon, which was the previous standard. The M-16, was a brilliant technical success in its early models, but was perverted by bureaucratic pressures into a weapon that betrayed its users in Vietnam. By the middle of 1967, when the M-16 had been in combat for about a year and a half, a sufficient number of soldiers had written to their parents about their unreliable equipment and a sufficient number of parents had sent those letters to their congressmen to attract the attention of the House Armed Services Committee, which formed an investigating subcommittee. The subcommittee, headed by Representative Ichord, a Democrat from Missouri, conducted a lengthy inquiry into the origins of the M-16 problem. Much of the credit for the hearings belongs to the committee’s counsel, Earl J. Morgan. The hearing record, nearly 600 pages long, is a forgotten document, which received modest press attention at the time and calls up only dim recollections now. Yet it is a pure portrayal of the banality of evil.
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  14. What was the issue with the M16?
  15. It was a jam o matic, if it got dirty it didn't work. It also got a lot of Americans killed due to this
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  16. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    The M-14 never was in the game for long.
    Just too heavy and big, with a huge appitite.
    When you consider what 100 rounds of 7.62x51 weighs as opposed to 100 rounds of 5.56x45 cartridges, the smaller caliber equiped soldiers could carry twice the ammunition in a lighter weapon.
    The problem was management couldnt stop messing with the M-16.
    Or more like the M-16 was designed to be just the M-16 as Stoner designed the rifle around a specific cartridge.
    Its when you try operating outside the design that your trying to stuff 6 pounds of Carp in in a 3 pound bag.
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  17. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart was a one-eyed, one-handed war hero who fought in three major conflicts across six decades, surviving plane crashes and PoW camps. His story is like something out of a Boy's Own comic.

    Carton de Wiart served in the Boer War, World War One and World War Two. In the process he was shot in the face, losing his left eye, and was also shot through the skull, hip, leg, ankle and ear.

    He was born into an aristocratic family in Brussels on 5 May 1880. In 1891 he was sent to boarding school in England, going on to study law at Oxford.

    In 1899 he saw the opportunity to experience his first taste of war. Abandoning his studies, he left for South Africa to serve as a trooper in the British Army during the second Boer War. As he was under military age, wasn't a British subject and didn't have his father's consent, he pretended to be 25 and signed up under a pseudonym.

    At the outbreak of WW1 in November 1914, Carton de Wiart, now naturalised as a British subject, was serving with the Somaliland Camel Corps, fighting the forces of the Dervish state.

    During an attack on an enemy stronghold, he was shot in the arm and in the face, losing his left eye and part of his ear. He received the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his exploits.

    Speaking in 1964 Lord Ismay, who served alongside Carton de Wiart in Somaliland, described the incident:

    "He didn't check his stride but I think the bullet stung him up as his language was awful. The doctor could do nothing for his eye, but we had to keep him with us. He must have been in agony."

    Lord Ismay also gave an insight into Carton de Wiart's innate love of fighting:

    "I honestly believe that he regarded the loss of an eye as a blessing as it allowed him to get out of Somaliland to Europe where he thought the real action was."
    He returned to England to recover in a nursing home in Park Lane. He was to return to this same place on each subsequent occasion he was injured. This became such a regular occurrence that they kept his own pyjamas ready for his next visit.

    While recuperating from these injuries, Carton de Wiart received a glass eye. It caused him such discomfort that he allegedly threw it from a taxi and instead acquired a black eye patch.

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  18. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ G&G Evangelist

    Operation Cowboy
    IT WAS APRIL 28, 1945. The war in Europe was just days away from ending when one of the strangest episodes of the entire conflict played out along the German-Czechoslovakian border. More than 350 American GIs had just fought their way through enemy lines to reach the town of Hostau. The settlement, which was still in the hands of a detachment of Wehrmacht soldiers, was home to some remarkably valuable treasure: several hundred prized Lipizzaner horses. The famous and extremely rare animals, which had been seized by the Third Reich as part of a bizarre wartime livestock breeding program, were now in the path of the advancing Red Army where they faced almost certain destruction. Fearing for the horses’ lives, the German officer in charge of the stud farm sent word to the Americans that he and his men would surrender en masse if the U.S. Army promised to get the beasts out of harm’s way. A cavalry unit in Patton’s Third Army leapt at the chance to save the legendary Lipizzaners. The mission, which was dubbed Operation Cowboy, would see U.S. troops, along with a motley collection of liberated Allied POWs, a bona fide Cossack aristocrat and a platoon of turn-coat German soldiers race the clock to drive a herd of priceless horses to safety, all the while fighting off attacks by a legion of crack troops from the Waffen-SS bent on their destruction. This unbelievable true-story was the inspiration for Ghost Riders, a new non-fiction book by author and historian Mark Felton. Here, Felton himself takes us through the story.
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  19. Huey Rider

    Huey Rider G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    I believe their was a movie made of this back in the ‘70’s, early ‘80’s.
  20. blue fox

    blue fox G&G Evangelist

    haven't seen anything lately but folks used to run snowmobiles out into ponds from the shore to see how far they would get.