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Shardik22 Mar 2020 11:39 p.m. PST

Recently the governor of New York said something like "Ventilators are to the coronavirus fight what missiles were to WWII"
I would have thought bullets, shells and bombs were more important in WWII than missiles, unless he meant the broader meaning of missiles which means something you throw at someone. Thoughts? ;-)

Oberlindes Sol LIC22 Mar 2020 11:50 p.m. PST

The term missile implies guided or ballistic missiles, as opposed to rockets, which are just pointed and launched.

There were rockets in WW2, mounted on early MRLs and under aircraft wings, but the only missiles I know of were the V-1 and V-2, and they had no effect on the outcome of the war.

Shardik23 Mar 2020 12:02 a.m. PST

That's what I thought. If you're going to make a clever statement in a press conference, making sure you're facts are correct is recommended!

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 3:30 a.m. PST

My guess is he isn't a student of military history.

slugbalancer23 Mar 2020 3:38 a.m. PST

The Germans used the Hs-293 and Fritz-X anti-shipping guided wweapons during WW2 with some success.

Robert le Diable23 Mar 2020 5:21 a.m. PST

Yes, Shardik And Thresher01, and in addition, I suspect he just wanted a smart phrase which included, first, a powerful, modern weapon immediately familiar to everyone in his audience (and we've all heard of missiles, naturally), and secondly, a major recent war which America won (with regard to the fronts in which U.S. Forces participated, obviously). He then just put the two together to his own satisfaction. How many, I wonder, would realise that this satisfactory rhetoric is actually nonsensical? You certainly can't fool all of the people all of the time. Good Luck.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 6:31 a.m. PST

How much sleep do you think the governor is getting?

Let's keep our eye on the ball, people.

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 1:45 p.m. PST

American navy used the ASM-N-2 Bat in WWII.

American AAF used the GT-1 in WWII.

Both were meant and used as pinpoint accuracy weapons.

I'm guessing that is what he meant by his statement.


JimDuncanUK23 Mar 2020 2:56 p.m. PST

If you were to ask your typical WW2 gamer about the ASM-N-2 and the GT-1 you would probably get a puzzled look.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 6:23 p.m. PST

I see the HS-293 and Fritz-X as glide bombs more than missiles.

Of course, there was the wire-guided X-4 "missile", which might qualify perhaps, but to me is more of a primitive, wire-guided "rocket" instead, due to its rather slow speed, and primitive nature.

I concede the V-2 point though.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART24 Mar 2020 10:06 a.m. PST

Hmmmm Next question,how many angels could dance on the head of a pin?

Robert le Diable24 Mar 2020 3:22 p.m. PST

That depends on at least three things.

slugbalancer29 Mar 2020 11:39 a.m. PST

The Hs-293 was powered so not a glide bomb unlike the Fritz-X.

von Schwartz30 Mar 2020 6:40 p.m. PST

I would interject something here regarding the, ahem, governor. It would be quite insightful, very humorous, and pithy, very very pithy…but it would just land me in the dawghouse.

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