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Animal-borne bombs, Animal cruelty incidents, Bats, Incendiary weapons
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The plan was to release bat bombs over Japanese cities having widely-dispersed industrial targets. The bats would spread far from the point of release due to the relatively high altitude of their release, then at dawn they would hide in buildings across the city. Shortly thereafter built-in timers would ignite the bombs, causing widespread fires and chaos. The bat bomb idea was conceived by dental surgeon Lytle S. Adams, who submitted it to the White House in January 1942, where it was subsequently approved by President Roosevelt. Adams was recruited to research and obtain a suitable supply of bats.
The peoject was handed around to all the US services (some of whom hilariously managed to get it to work too well) until its development was overtaken by the atomic bomb. Were they little war criminals... was it animal cruelty? Quickly Robin - to the Batplane...
"Think of thousands of fires breaking out simultaneously over a circle of forty miles in diameter for every bomb dropped. |
Japan could have been devastated, yet with small loss of life."
USAAF Bat-bomb canister later used to house the hibernating bats. Ideally, the canister would be dropped from high altitude over the target area, and as the bomb fell (slowed by a parachute), the bats would warm up and awaken. At 1,000 ft. altitude, the bomb would open and over a thousand bats, each carrying a tiny time-delayed napalm incendiary device, would fly in a 20-40 mile radius and roost in flammable wooden Japanese buildings. The napalm devices would ignite simultaneously, and thousands of small fires would flare up at once