Oddest artillery weapon I've ever seen.
June 2, 2011 9:42 AM Subscribe
Drum/barrel artillery? What was that and how did it work without killing anyone next to it?
posted by Iosephus to technology (13 answers total)
So I just watched the (pretty decent and entertaining) movie Assembly
, dealing with a small part of the post-WWII Chinese Civil War campaigns as seen from the Communist side. A detail that was to me pretty mindboggling was the use by the Communist defenders of some kind of empty drum/fuel barrel improvised artillery: the drum has a leg to rest on, so it's leaning forward, then the operator throws some kind of big explosives bag inside (first fuse lit, if I understand?), and after a minor explosion it gets propelled out and into the advacing enemy, where (on landing) a second and much much bigger explosion causes great butchering. Real weapon? What's the name of the thing? Why didn't it blow the operators and the drums to pieces right there instead of oomphing nicely into the advancing Nationalist troops?