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The bomb whistled! 10 Jan 2019 16:18 #1

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The Dutch public have been warned it is "strictly ill-advised to lie down on a bomb", after a man did just that for about three hours.

The man came across an unexploded World War Two device while gardening in the town of Venlo on Wednesday.
When it started whistling he covered it with his body, apparently trying to limit the damage.


www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46828770

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The bomb whistled! 10 Jan 2019 22:37 #2

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I wonder what it was whistling? Boom Bang a Bang perhaps? :)

If it was a hand grenade would that have worked? I have heard stories of soldiers diving on a grenade to save their comrades but most seem to be on the German ones which I don't think was a frag type. One account records that a "potato masher" land very close to a soldier but he survived with just being dazed after being unconscious for a while. I don't know about a Mills type.
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The bomb whistled! 11 Jan 2019 06:22 #3

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John Anderson wrote:

The Dutch public have been warned it is "strictly ill-advised to lie down on a bomb", after a man did just that for about three hours.

The man came across an unexploded World War Two device while gardening in the town of Venlo on Wednesday.
When it started whistling he covered it with his body, apparently trying to limit the damage.


www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46828770


A strange report. The 'device' may have been a marine marker or similar which contains a chemical that reacts to moisture by producing a gas. Emitted through a small hole this can make a whistling sound.
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The bomb whistled! 11 Jan 2019 15:26 #4

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I was taught that there are two types of hand grenade, offensive and defensive. An offensive grenade is used when attacking , these produce blast but little else, after all you dont want to be caught up by your own shrapnel do you? Hence the phrase "hoist by your own petard". A petard was an early form of bomb. A defensive grenade produces a lot of shrapnel to do maximum damage to anyone assaulting a position.

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The bomb whistled! 11 Jan 2019 22:08 #5

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I would have thought it would be the other way around because a defensive grenade is more likely to used against people close to you but an offensive will be thrown into enemy positions some distance away.

But I see the defensive ones are fragmentation because used from behind some sort of cover like a wall. Sounds very dodgy to me!

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The bomb whistled! 12 Jan 2019 10:37 #6

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And to confuse things slightly, Britain just uses offensive hand grenades. But does it? Im wondering as I type this if the grenade launcher that fits under the SA80 has replaced hand grenades?

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The bomb whistled! 12 Jan 2019 11:42 #7

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Are the various types of stun/acoustic grenades replacing the more deadly types? Safer in this day and age where collateral damage is avoided. Better to leave innocent civilians with a severe headache than splattered on the walls.
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The bomb whistled! 12 Jan 2019 12:13 #8

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Peter Kirk wrote: Are the various types of stun/acoustic grenades replacing the more deadly types? Safer in this day and age where collateral damage is avoided. Better to leave innocent civilians with a severe headache than splattered on the walls.


So they can get a dodgy lawyer to sue the UK government for a few million pounds?

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