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By 1941, Germany had already subjugated half of Europe, the Luftwaffe was raining bombs down on the cities of Britain, and U-boats were inflicting terrible losses all along the Allied shipping routes. Britain needed a new weapon, a way to hinder the increasingly threatening Germans in any way possible. The cat bomb had failed. The bat bomb had not yet been dreamt up. What other wonder-weapon might slow the German onslaught?
Under the leadership of Charles Fraser Smith – a man often cited as the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond creation, Q – SOE had a section known as Section XV whose job it was to create special tools for very secret work. In a moment of startling originality, the team proposed a new chaos-inducing gadget: the rat bomb.
The mechanics were as simple as the concept was bizarre, and are nicely summed up in this extract from a diagram:
A rat is skinned, the skin being sewn up and filled with PE to assume the shape of a dead rat. A Standard No.6 Primer is set in the PE. Initiation is by means of a short length of safety fuse with a No.27 detonator crimped on one end and a copper tube igniter on the other end. The rat is then left amongst the coal beside a boiler and the flames initiate the safety fuse when the rat is thrown on to the fire, or, as in the case of the Pencil Time Fuse, a time delay is used.
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Originally posted by Xertious
Weaponising your pets might turn out to be a bad idea, they will be drawn to you, their owners.
Don't forget the stories of where animals have been weaponised in world war two. The german trains dogs with explosives to target the belly of the tanks but, the problem being they were trained with german tanks, so they targeted german tanks (ie where they were being treated or fed when they were training.