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'Rocket cats' in 16th-century warfare manual

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 04:37 PM

Researcher baffled by document written by artillery master Franz Helm featuring pictures of jetpacks strapped to cats and doves.

http://www.theguardi...anual?CMP=fb_gu

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 04:48 PM

The huns (or was it the Scythians?) use to cover a full grown hog's back with pine pitch and/or tar, set it on fire and release it toward the enemy (particularly the cavalry) the theory being that
the flaming pigs would disrupt the enemy horse...  Unfortunately for the Huns/Scythians, When panicked pigs don't run in a straight line, and would not approach a mass of troops... Plus even if
they did all they served to do was to provide the enemy troops with a nice hot ham dinner....

During medieval seiges, one tactic to get past a cities walls was to tunnel under them, set a fire and let the flames weaken the walls... Some cities would dig "counter tunnels' and release angry bears
on the enemy soldiers digging toward them...

So using animals in warfare is not as odd or rare as the article might indicate...  (though I doubt "bombcats" would be all that effective...)


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 05:22 PM

'Anti-tank dogs' were used in WWII and by Iraq circa 2000, allegedly.
http://en.wikipedia....i/Anti-tank_dog

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:19 PM

FINALLY!!


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:28 PM

I couldn't stop laughing at that picture :clap:
Imagining some medievil scholar bent over his desk carefully brushing out this picture of a cat with a bloody rocket attached to it's back :w00t:

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:41 PM

What would be more impressive would be the guy who had to strap on the rockets to the cats without getting his eyes ripped out.  He'd be a hero throughout the land.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:45 PM

View PostDark_Grey, on 07 March 2014 - 07:28 PM, said:

I couldn't stop laughing at that picture :clap:
Imagining some medievil scholar bent over his desk carefully brushing out this picture of a cat with a bloody rocket attached to it's back :w00t:

Abbott: "Brother John... What are you doing?"
Brother John: "I'm drawing a cat with a rocket strapped to it's back."
Abbott: "What on Earth for?"
Brother John: "I'm really bored with illuminating manuscripts all day. And it's a Protestant cat anyway."
Abbott: "Ummm. Okay."


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 08:58 PM

That's one fast cat.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:47 PM

I'm sure Tsoukalos will tell us it's translated poorly &...

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:54 PM

It's all standard fare for the scholarly keeper of "Got Medieval?" and his obsession with marginalia.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:13 PM

Well we had Samurai Pizza Cats...


so they had Medieval Rocket Cats. :clap:

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:34 PM

Rocket Cat...To the MOON!!!


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:50 PM

I think it's gonna be a long, long time before rocket cats can be called "useful" in warfare.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:39 PM

View PostHarte, on 07 March 2014 - 10:50 PM, said:

I think it's gonna be a long, long time before rocket cats can be called "useful" in warfare.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:30 AM

There's a few cats i'd like to have done that to, except the rocket wouldn't have been on its back.............If you catch my drift.





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