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 Post subject: Bangalore Torpedos
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:15 am 
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Did British forces use Bangalore torpedoes? Im looking in particular at the D-day period, if not what kind of equipment did they use for breaching wire and mine fields etc

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I believe the Bangalore was a British invention, invented in Bangalore, India. Whether or not it was used on d-day by the British I don't know

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my uncle john told me about transporting a lot of then after the landings. he was 11th armour.

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Bangalores where used by the Paras on the Merville Battery

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Why use a bangalore when you have top notch British invented Churchill AVRE's (Assualt Vehicle Royal Engineers) and bridge layers? Something that the Americans should of but didn't make use of and probably saved a lot of lives on the British/ Canadian beaches.

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Probably because it's easier to put a bangalore torpedo on your d-day demolitions display :D

Watching this one with interest 'cos I know Commandosniper's going to want a couple if there's a precedent.

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Fair one!!!! I'll get the pliers out......

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When you refer to bailey crap, i take it you mean that glorious precision made British built bridge, which is the envy of the civilised world????

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come to think of it i now remember reading about there use at Merville (worried about my memory).
I must agree an AVRE would be brill, but i don't think my finances could quite stretch that far and bangalores would fit in the car :D

Well as they were a British invention they must have been used, so on to my next question, any idea where I can get some or any tips on how I could make some? I only need 3

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yeah the germans tend to slack on their barbed wire defenses on their stands these days....

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.....still in service and used to this very day!! Used em on my demolitions course back in 1999 at the Royal Engineers barracks just down the road from blackbushe airport! Wicked piece of kit!!

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my mate got hold of some piping that looked somewhat identical. otherwise whilst in platoon in bury barry has a set lining the top shelf near the helmet section, not sure the price or wether hes parting with it, but worth a try.

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Thanks for the suggestions.

Its probably easier for me to make a few myself out of old piping, but i would need to know size etc... and the markings on them. As long as i have something to demonstrate with, that looks the part i am not too fussed with originality.

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Try this for a start, the spec is given for the tubes

http://www.btinternet.com/~ian.a.paters ... ritems.htm (Is this one Sappers site :D ?)

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Martin wrote:
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Try this for a start, the spec is given for the tubes

http://www.btinternet.com/~ian.a.paters ... ritems.htm (Is this one Sappers site :D ?)


Hello

Iam new here and from Flanders so mine English is not perfect, sorry for that.

The Bangalore in on this site (www.btinternet.com/~ian.a.paterson/equipotheritems.htm) is a american one. The British bangalores are a little bit different.
Here is a picture of the nose

[img][img]http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/4516/bangaloretorpedoul9.jpg[/img][/img]

On this picture are the nose end and the other end (where you put a blasting cap init) fixed together.

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crets you are more than welcome and your English is fine.

Now then... At the RGM Waltham Abbey on the 5/6/7th May this year we simulated a Bangalore torpedo in the main battle display. Pictures have been posted on this and other sites.

In this senario Royal Engineer Paras used one to breach a minefield around the compound. One of our guys made the torpedo up and deployed it and I set the pyro. I'll try to post a vid but I'm not good at editing. My son did the vid and just caught the end of it, bless him.

As far as I know this is the first time this has been done for a while or even at all in a public display. I'll take it on the chin if someone knows different.

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.....still in service and used to this very day!! Used em on my demolitions course back in 1999 at the Royal Engineers barracks just down the road from blackbushe airport! Wicked piece of kit!!

tim


We made improvised ones out of PE4 & angle iron down at Yantlett demolition range - the barbed wire didn't know any different :wink:

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