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16th-Century Artillery Manual Shows Illustration of 'Rocket Cat'
CTV News ^ | Thursday, March 6, 2014 | Michael Rubinkam

Posted on 03/06/2014 11:32:47 AM PST by nickcarraway

Edited on 03/06/2014 11:40:47 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

You're a 16th century German prince plotting to crush a peasant rebellion, or perhaps you're leading an army against the Ottoman Empire or looking to settle the score with a rival nobleman. What's a guy looking for a tactical edge to do?

Bring on the rocket cats!


(Excerpt) Read more at ctvnews.ca ...


TOPICS: History; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: banglist; bombaycat; germany; godsgravesglyphs; ottomanempire; turkey

1 posted on 03/06/2014 11:32:47 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; Darksheare; Slings and Arrows

Does It mention Rabbits at all?


2 posted on 03/06/2014 11:35:00 AM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: nickcarraway

Rocket J. Cat


3 posted on 03/06/2014 11:35:14 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: nickcarraway; Salamander


4 posted on 03/06/2014 11:37:00 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

Apparently, the world has always had rednecks.


5 posted on 03/06/2014 11:37:53 AM PST by SIDENET
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To: nickcarraway
In WWII, the OSS had considered releasing bats over Japan with small time delayed incendiary devices strapped to them. The rationale being that most Japanese structures were wooden framed and the bats would roost under the eaves.

IIRC,the idea was scrapped, but I don't recall the exact reasons for doing so...

6 posted on 03/06/2014 11:40:33 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway
In WWII, the Soviets tried to strap explosives to dogs, which they had trained to crawl under tanks. But in the middle of battle, the dogs panicked and hid under Soviet tanks, blowing them up. End of experiment.
7 posted on 03/06/2014 11:41:00 AM PST by Pecos (The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: SIDENET

Makes me think of the cow scene in the Monty Python Search for the Holy Grail movie.

“Fetchez la vache!”

lol


8 posted on 03/06/2014 11:41:03 AM PST by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: nickcarraway

2 million dollars was spent on devising and implimenting bats as incindiary carriers in WWII...


9 posted on 03/06/2014 11:41:19 AM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: nickcarraway

let’s see,
12 killed by arrows shot by bow.
8 killed by sword
2 by mace and 14 by rocket cat?
how embarassing.


10 posted on 03/06/2014 11:42:59 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Ping.


11 posted on 03/06/2014 11:44:53 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Pecos
In WWII, the Soviets tried to strap explosives to dogs, which they had trained to crawl under tanks. But in the middle of battle, the dogs panicked and hid under Soviet tanks, blowing them up. End of experiment.

They trained them to associate the underside of the tanks with safety and food. The problem was they got used to the smell and sound of Soviet tanks rather than the German tanks.

12 posted on 03/06/2014 11:45:29 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: nickcarraway

Imn WWII, t6he US tested an idea to use bats as incendiary bombs on Japan. Bat bombs were an experimental World War II weapon developed by the United States. The bomb consisted of a bomb-shaped casing with numerous compartments, each containing a Mexican Free-tailed Bat with a small timed incendiary bomb attached. Dropped from a bomber at dawn, the casings would deploy a parachute in mid-flight and open to release the bats which would then roost in eaves and attics. The incendiaries would start fires in inaccessible places in the largely wood and paper construction of the Japanese cities that were the weapon’s intended target.

After several experiments and operational adjustments, the definitive test was carried out on the “Japanese Village” a mockup of a Japanese city built by the Chemical Warfare Service at their Dugway Proving Grounds test site in Utah. A series of tests to answer various operational questions were conducted. In one incident at the Carlsbad Army Airfield Auxiliary Air Base near Carlsbad, New Mexico, some buildings were set on fire on May 15, 1943, when armed bats were accidentally released. The bats incinerated the test range and roosted under a fuel tank.

Despite these setbacks, observers at this test produced optimistic accounts. The chief of incendiary testing at Dugway wrote: “A reasonable number of destructive fires can be started in spite of the extremely small size of the units. The main advantage of the units would seem to be their placement within the enemy structures without the knowledge of the householder or fire watchers, thus allowing the fire to establish itself before being discovered.” The National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) observer stated: “It was concluded that X-Ray Bat Bomb is an effective weapon.” The Chief Chemist’s report stated that on a weight basis X-Ray was more effective than the standard incendiary bombs in use at the time. “Expressed in another way, the regular bombs would give probably 167 to 400 fires per bomb load where X-Ray would give 3,625 to 4,748 fires”.

More tests were scheduled for the summer of 1944 but the program was cancelled by Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King when he heard that it would likely not be combat ready until mid-1945. By that time it was estimated that $2 million had been spent on the project. It is thought that development of the bat bomb was moving too slowly, and was overtaken in the race for a quick end to the war by the atomic bomb project.

Dr. Adams maintained that the bat bombs would have been effective without the devastating effects of the atomic bomb. He is quoted as having said:

“ Think of thousands of fires breaking out simultaneously over a circle of forty miles in diameter for every bomb dropped.
Japan could have been devastated, yet with small loss of life.”


13 posted on 03/06/2014 11:46:05 AM PST by DMZFrank
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To: nickcarraway
Don't know why, but the instant I read the title, the Elton John song "Rocket Man" started playing in my mind, but with the words "Rocket Cat".

LOL.

14 posted on 03/06/2014 11:46:16 AM PST by SIDENET
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To: Joe 6-pack

The bats ain`t stupoid-

they all knew it was a suicide mission.
I got some bats here in the house-
They done catches them moswquitos.

They also scares away them burglars by dive-bombing them around the house-

naw they would never volunteer for a suicide mission-
They are too smart for that.

They can`t even speak Japanese.

I could try to teach them a few words like mushi misuhi sayonarara or Toyota, but the rest of the words- well they`ll just have to wing it.


15 posted on 03/06/2014 11:47:19 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Joe 6-pack
IIRC,the idea [bat fire bombs] was scrapped, but I don't recall the exact reasons for doing so...

Was PETA around?

16 posted on 03/06/2014 11:50:20 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: SIDENET

Rocket Man + Honky Cat


17 posted on 03/06/2014 11:51:25 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: moose07

18 posted on 03/06/2014 11:59:03 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: nickcarraway
rocket cat photo: Rocket cat rocket_cat.jpg
19 posted on 03/06/2014 11:59:56 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: nickcarraway
Now I have both of those songs in my head. LOL.

(music) "Get back, rocket cat..."

20 posted on 03/06/2014 12:01:06 PM PST by SIDENET
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To: nickcarraway

The had trouble finding cats that would strap on the jackets.

21 posted on 03/06/2014 12:02:41 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Some escaped and burned up a portion of the Carlsbad NM Army Air Force Base.

22 posted on 03/06/2014 12:05:33 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nickcarraway
Is that where they got the idea for the 'Kitty Copter'?


23 posted on 03/06/2014 12:06:38 PM PST by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Wow, Cryogenicly enhanced cat! LOL.


24 posted on 03/06/2014 12:09:18 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: SIDENET

.. burning all the fur we have along...

And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time.


25 posted on 03/06/2014 12:10:01 PM PST by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I believe that one mission was undertaken using chiropteric arsonists, but it was not particularly effective.
26 posted on 03/06/2014 12:11:15 PM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: nickcarraway

16th Century rednecks...”hold ma mead and watch dis...”


27 posted on 03/06/2014 12:14:43 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Pecos
Lol. Exactly. When dogs panic, they return back to to the alpha dog for safety.
28 posted on 03/06/2014 12:15:29 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: WKUHilltopper

LOL!


29 posted on 03/06/2014 12:37:43 PM PST by Sparky21555 (The buck stops over there.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

The success of the Trinity test.


30 posted on 03/06/2014 12:42:29 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Joe Boucher

You gotta admit — that would be one pi$$ed off cat when it came down.


31 posted on 03/06/2014 12:43:38 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SIDENET

Rednecks?

Where’s the story about the bird dog who fetched the stick of dynamite with the lit fuse?


32 posted on 03/06/2014 12:45:07 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SIDENET

Same here. It was a good VW commercial ,too.


33 posted on 03/06/2014 12:58:04 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: nickcarraway
Males sense… it’s an updated version of the Cat-a-pult.

Hey, somebody had to say it.. Okay, maybe not..

34 posted on 03/06/2014 1:03:06 PM PST by HammerT (The Commonsense civil right of Armed Self-defense [CASD], its the law of the land.)
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To: HammerT
That should be:

Makes sense..

35 posted on 03/06/2014 1:05:22 PM PST by HammerT (The Commonsense civil right of Armed Self-defense [CASD], its the law of the land.)
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To: HammerT

Aw, you’re just kitten us, right?


36 posted on 03/06/2014 1:15:13 PM PST by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: SIDENET

Me too.

:)


37 posted on 03/06/2014 1:39:41 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Salamander

This has been too much for me, I have to paws for a while.


38 posted on 03/06/2014 1:51:55 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: SIDENET

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjT3fvCkjrQ


39 posted on 03/06/2014 2:04:44 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: moose07

Nope.
Weaponized rabbitry is a future event.


40 posted on 03/06/2014 2:44:03 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Pecos

How low can you go, to kill innocent unknowing dogs? Good they at least took some evil Russkies along for the ride to hell.


41 posted on 03/06/2014 2:49:30 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
I'm sure that the Bombay breed was the most popular choice. Thanks nickcarraway.

42 posted on 03/06/2014 3:01:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: nickcarraway

43 posted on 03/06/2014 8:40:46 PM PST by Redcitizen (When a zombie apocalypse starts, Chuck Norris doesn't try to survive. The zombies do.)
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To: DMZFrank; Joe 6-pack

By the summer of 1945, LeMay and the 20th Air Force had burned out just about every major Japanese city already. Supposedly, LeMay told Truman by the end of his campaign that there was “nothing left to bomb” in Japan of any worth, but I can’t find a quote.


44 posted on 03/07/2014 12:27:52 PM PST by colorado tanker
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