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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 9:22 p.m. PST

"World War II precipitated many amazing military operations and feats, yet also gave birth a number of totally hair brained and completely insane schemes you've probably never heard of before. Some truly amazing WWII operations that never happened were dreamed up by the (perhaps demented?) minds of the upper echelon of Allied and Axis military powers. These strange WW2 operations that didn't happen involved everything from pigeon-guided missiles to bombs designed to release bats, which sounds like Bruce Wayne's worst nightmare, but in the grand scheme of the tremendous chaos and tragedy of World War Two, ultimately seems a little tame (if not batsh*t Bleeped texting insane).

The number of stories shoved every-which-way in the annals of World War 2 history is frankly staggering. You could study the conflict for a lifetime and still not know everything there is to know. If you're curious about some of the lesser-known and never-realized plans of the Second World War, read on. A number of weird WWII missions lay ahead…."
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FoxtrotPapaRomeo10 Oct 2018 11:35 p.m. PST

Funny they seem sensible considerations and by no means "totally hair brained and completely insane schemes". The purpose of war is to win, not to fight fair.

Fred Cartwright11 Oct 2018 2:14 a.m. PST

There are a couple of crazies in there, but most were serious military operations overtaken by events. Interesting to see Pykrete and the Habakkuks. Listened to a radio dramatisation about Geoffrey Pyke the inventor which covered his somewhat stormy relationship with Canadians building the prototype. Brits of a certain age will remember his first cousin Magnus Pyke, who was a presenter of popular science on TV during the 70's.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 6:47 a.m. PST

The only think "hair brained" are lists like this.

Here is one for you. We are going to impact the Nazi war effort, to include hydroelectric power production, disruption of factories and mines, by flooding the Ruhr. We are going to do it by destroying key dams. Further we are going to do it by a bomb, which is spun up to a certain speed, so that it skips like a stone across the water but then sinks to the bottom of the damn. Oh, and to make sure we are at the right altitude lets use a system of lights on the bomber reflected off the water! What? They actually did that? And it worked? Never mind :)

donlowry11 Oct 2018 9:55 a.m. PST

aka "it seemed like a good idea at the time"

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 11:32 a.m. PST



Lee49412 Oct 2018 6:02 p.m. PST

Wasnt there a US plan to release thousands of incendiary Bat Bombs over Jap cities? Maybe it was on list and I missed it. Cheers!

Fred Cartwright13 Oct 2018 1:52 a.m. PST

You missed it. 4th one down.

Legion 413 Oct 2018 8:20 a.m. PST

Fortunately Patton's idea for tankers' uniforms with football helmets painted gold never came about … evil grin

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