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 Post subject: Butterfly bomb
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:20 am 
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hey everyone,
thought I'd share these images, got one of these at the place I work at currently, apparently there are only 2 of these in museums in the country, so thought some people may appreciate a glance at it if they cannot make it up to Cumbria or the imperial war museum.
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Strange, I remember there being one at the Cobbaton Military museum.

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"at time of writing" may well have been 2006 though. nether the less they are a very rare item by the sounds of things

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Could've been a repro


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I can think of at least 2 off the top of my head and quite probably four more locations which almost certainly have them too.

They were pretty much impossible to defuse (you made them safe by using a length of rope to yank them and set them off after surrounding them with sandbags) and had a very low dud rate.

Which basically means, of the ones dropped on the UK, very few survive.

However, we did capture loads of them from airfields and supply dumps across europe that had never been armed.... thats probably where most examples come from.

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Andrei Kozlov wrote:
I can think of at least 2 off the top of my head and quite probably four more locations which almost certainly have them too.

They were pretty much impossible to defuse (you made them safe by using a length of rope to yank them and set them off after surrounding them with sandbags) and had a very low dud rate.

Which basically means, of the ones dropped on the UK, very few survive.

However, we did capture loads of them from airfields and supply dumps across europe that had never been armed.... thats probably where most examples come from.

bearing in mind I think the information was written in 2006 things may have changed and may have been a true statement at the time, some might have came out of private colections into museums since? I know there is also a butterfly bomb 70 anti-handling fuze (booby trap fuze) in the museum archives.
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Nah, 2006 or not, the places I am thinking of had them longer than that!

If you are ever down in sunny Kent, go check out the Royal Engineers museum in Gillingham. More bomb stuff than you can shake a stick at!

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Nah, 2006 or not, the places I am thinking of had them longer than that!

If you are ever down in sunny Kent, go check out the Royal Engineers museum in Gillingham. More bomb stuff than you can shake a stick at!

:lol: ! well I've had hands on experiance with 'playing/checking' the incendiary bombs and bomb parts in the collection. but there's only a box full so it's not extensive.
well if you are ever in 'sunny' (sorry can't keep a straight face with describing cumbria as sunny :wink: ) cumbria, give the beacon a visit, very diverse for the history on show.

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Found a few of these on the Greek Island of leros along with the containers they drop from,brought a few of the wings and spring loaded ends back,probably worked better where theres few trees and washing lines to get hung up on :D

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There are bits of one for sale over on the Living History forum http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewt ... =4&t=32144


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That's very expensive for a casing.

They can be had for much less at fairs!


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oh that is interesting.I wonder how it works and how it explodes :roll:

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