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Song Parodies -> "A Brit Strange Weapon"

Original Song Title:

"On the Road Again"

Original Performer:

Willie Nelson

Parody Song Title:

"A Brit Strange Weapon"

Parody Written by:

Robert D. Arndt Jr.

The Lyrics

The UP was a strange idea that was used in early WW2 to provide an aerial minefield for the RN at sea and also a land version was used. The RN version launched 7" rockets from smoothbore tubes out to several thousand feet and then the rocket blew which produced a small tethered mine with 3 parachutes for support and 400 ft of wire. The idea was to create an aerial minefield of wires that would snare German aircraft and so spin the wire 'til the mine detonated at the motor(s). This weapon was pathetic and often the wind turned the aerial minefield back on the RN ships and got caught in the rigging or upper structures. No record of even 1 kill with this on land or at sea. On land at Chlemsford Z-Batteries were set up with single 3" tubes or massive 128 round mounts and equally did nothing. The Germans likewise developed the RSK 1000 and 2000 mine system. One launched cable rockets from the ground which snared a single Mustang flying as marauder and the other were cable bombs dropped in front of Daylight B-17s (one hit on video). Wasted effort by both parties!!! For the RN they substituted the Bofors 40mm later in the war...
A Brit strange weapon
Unrotated Projectile for the RN
Also used with Chlemsford Z-Batteries on land
Aerial minefield did not work out as planned!!!

A Brit strange weapon
A fin-stabilized rocket to send
Parachute mines were affected by the wind
Aerial minefield did not work out as planned!!!

A Brit strange weapon
400 ft of wire to snare the Jerrys
But they avoided them
Winding wire mine det was a risky play
Early days, before 2 Pdr in…

Unrotated Projectile for the RN
Also used with Chlemsford Z-Batteries on land
Aerial minefield did not work out as planned!!!
Land-based 3" version:

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Patrick - December 06, 2013 - Report this comment
Launching landmines into the sky does not strike me as a particularly viable idea. Though they probably struck a few folks on the ground when those parachutes floated back to earth. Any idea on how well barrage balloons scored on airplanes and V-bombs?
Rob Arndt - December 06, 2013 - Report this comment
Barrage balloons were not much deterrence to German aircraft or the V-1s due to height restrictions. They usually are used for defense against low flying aircraft against factories and training facilities. The Espenlaub Flugzeugwerk made some strange rollplans and geometric-shaped barrage balloons during WW2 that baffled the Allies and also had an armed war-kite Vogelschreck (literally bird terror for scarecrow) that was a factory defense weapon. The kite was autonomous and if you shot at it, that would trigger a barrage of unguided solid fuel rockets into that direction. It was used against marauders seeking targets of opportunity after the bombers turned back towards France. V-bombs were largely killed by AAA with proximity fuses and prop fighters, although the Gloster Meteor "Meatbox" killed some too. The most absurd idea was a Brit bubble machine for fouling the Argus pulsejet of the V-1. Was the U-Blo (pronounced oo-blow) which was ridiculous... but at least one demonstration around London amused the kids!!!
Philatelist - December 07, 2013 - Report this comment
Your fascinating hobby is almost as gripping as stamp collecting. I am also a lepidopterist. Could you tell us how Hitler planned to launch an attack of gypsy moths against British tweeds? I bet you can squeeze it into I Put a Spell On You, or Wild Honey Pie, or On the Road Again.
Rob Arndt - December 07, 2013 - Report this comment
Dear Phil, I specialize in Third Reich weaponry, history, flugscheiben, etc... and even more topics of war and rare aviation... but do not minimize my coverage, please. If you bothered to read all of those parodies with those weapons you would learn a lot about forgotten, buried, and classified history. And FYI, the Germans did have an animal war between British falcons and Nazi pigeons! Already covered. As for the serial songs, they account for 42% of my parodies overall leaving 58% other. So, still no majority. I have 404 artists and that's more than most detractors and does not count hymns, poetry, tv theme songs, commercials, and screen music (soundtracks)!!! Anyone trying to put me in a box ultimately fails. The fact that you do not like military anything is not my problem. Others do and so I will continue. You're like that idiot that claimed that all there was to know about the Third Reich had been covered by either the late 1980s or early 1990s- the poor guy has been proven wrong time and time again. We know that the Germans had A-bomb designs since '42 and that there were two programs, not one. We know that the Germans had WMDs and didn't use them (nerve gases and radiologicals). We know that other bombs equal to the atomic bomb were tested in the Baltic and Thuringia- the SS Firedamp weapon (aka Liquid Air Bomb) and also devastating FAEs (Fuel-Air Explosives). Dr. Karl Nowak was working on a Molecular bomb of ultracompressed, ultradense non-radioactive and frozen to almost absolute zero matter. We know that the Germans had disc craft that operated off EMG propulsion with mass reduction systems. That weapons to be used against the US were under construction (Peenemunde A-9 component of the A-9/A-10 ICBM, the Prufstand XII sea launch containers, radiological versions of the V-1 and V-2, the Horten XVIII Amerika bomber, and so on). And there were rail guns, desiccator gas, tanks with EM armor and firing magnesium fusing rounds, advanced small arms, and even an attempt at time travel via the Glocke (the controversial Bell Device), Furthermore, the Germans were 10 years ahead in hardware for jet and missile tech and were 50 years ahead in design. Only the Skunk Works and Scale Composites has produced a few new aircraft configurations. Virgin Galactic with parasitic rocket plane under White Knight II is just one of the DB Projects. And we could get into endotheric weapons, force fields, resurrection tech, Synthetic blood and plasma, energy weapons, and a very long list that is still classified. German disc craft are classified until 2020 and the work at Jonastal S.III until 2045 by the AEC. WHY would any German tech get 75-100 year classifications? In ODS the use of stealth and tv guided missiles and bombs made news. germany in WW2 had stealth with the Ho-IX and stealth-masked U-boats (Opanol and Tarmatte) while also testing the tv-guided Hs-293D ASM!!! They had the first bunkerbusters in 1940 with the Rochling anti-concrete shell of titanium-vanadium. They introduced sweptback wings on the Me-262, had delta wing craft (Lp DM-1), FSW (Ju-287), flying wing (Horten series), and introduced every type of offensive and defensive missile in the world. First jets (Me-262, Ar-234, He-162), rocket fighter (Me-163), true submarine (Type XXI), assault rifle (STG-44), best tanks (Panther and Tiger I & II), Tank destroyer (Jagdpanther), and infantry weapons (P-38, MP-40, STG-44, Panzerfaust, and Panzerschreck). They led in IR development on land, air, and sea and in so many categories of weapons. Look at the 800mmm Dora, biggest gun in history. The fact that you like stamp collecting as a hobby is admirable, but the Reich is so much more interesting in just this brief summary. It goes on forever...
Philatelist - December 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Up to your old trick of having an unfavorable comment removed, eh? Too late. The weekends are a bad time for your censorship.
Rob Arndt - December 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Phil or whatever puppet you are, up to your same old habit of ignoring the posting rules for the comment box, eh? NO PERSONAL ATTACKS!!! I will not have anyone label me a Nazi for being somewhat of an authority on German flugscheiben, secret weapons, aviation, and military weapon systems of Germany of any time period. All that makes me is a historian and since the "experts" agree that had the war gone on further the developments in the land, air, and sea wars would have shifted in Germany's favor. Of course, the strategies and decision-making process in Nazi Germany would have had to have been altered to allow sufficient time and resources to make those pipeline weapons including WMDs available by October 1945. Germany empirically had the highest overall tech of WW2 but not superiority in men and machines by 1942. Both wars were won due to Allied strengths in those areas and also it is a fact that the US came in last both times. In WW2 Britain stood alone in 1940 and the USSR broke the back of the German Army with the fiercest fighting of WW2 on the ground from '41-'45. The USAAF led in strategic bombing and developed the A-bomb, fought in all 3 theaters. But Germany had several other bombs equal in destruction testing in March 1945 (area of 4.5 sq miles wiped out): FAEs, radiologicals, liquid-air bomb, nerve gases for artillery and air delivery, and Nowak's Molecular bomb proposal. And they were building a time machine which is unprecendented for the science of that time. Time viewers can be claimed by the British pre-war and also postwar the Vatican invented the Chronovisor in the 1950s. Btw, I find it moronic that you chose this parody to attack me on b/c it deals with a British secret weapon and has nothing to do with the 3R at all!!! And finally, I have no power of censorship- the Editor removes all personal attack posts. Since I do not make personal attacks on others with labels and libel, I expect them to return the favor. Nazis btw do NOT support the poor, weak, minorities, Gays, Jews, and especially not Israel. I do. Perception doesn't always match reality. I write whatever comes to mind and your assessment is faulty based on over 2250 parodies with 404 authors covering a wide spectrum of topics over more than 2.5 years straight production, unmatched by anyone else here. Am Numer 3 Top Parodist and Number 6 Top Contributor simultaneously. I am unique here, so get over it. You are a worthless commentator by direct comparison. But I'll allow you to have your opinion as long as you keep personal attacks out of my threads. You don't have the knowledge depth and life experiences I have to match me on anything military or aviation related. All talking points you avoid. All you do is parrot others that voice opinion and speculation. If you don't like my parodies, don't click the links. Go triple-5 one of your faves.

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