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Nitrotoluene
08-11-2005, 01:19 AM
I'm currently reading "Castles of Steel" by Robert Massie, about the naval aspects of World War 1. On page 524 he describes the first British methods of dealing with U-boats.

"A few motor launches carried two swimmers, one armed with a black bag, the other with a hammer. If a periscope was sighted....the swimmers were to dive in and one man would would attempt to place his black bag over the periscope; if he failed, the other would try to smash the glass with his hammer.

Another unsuccessful scheme involved attempting to teach seagulls to defecate on periscopes".

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Holland_Holland
08-11-2005, 02:12 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif oohh those innocent and happy times

captsteubie
08-11-2005, 02:29 AM
I have fired at many a seagull to no effect. I only wish it was like the video game "Duck Hunt" for Nintendo. At least the dog could laugh at me then! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

pcisbest
08-11-2005, 03:01 AM
Yeah, funny stuff, but these were "ideas" that were tried out in WWI, not WWII.

Another one was a man had made a contraption that resembled a submarine and as it was towed through the water, it left chunks of cut meat in its wake. The model was suppossed to attract seagulls with the meat, the idea being that seagulls would be "taught" to congregate around real u-boats in the hopes of finding food! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

WilhelmSchulz.-
08-11-2005, 10:17 AM
Thats the smartest one I heard yet! 1 problem. they should use bait or bread instead of meat.
The 1 with 2 divers. The U-Boat would spot them and dive. And the diver would only get 1 or 2 shots with the hammer before the skipper reilses whats going on and dives. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

3.JG51_Molders
08-11-2005, 12:07 PM
Would be interesting to get that WW1 expansion going, and to get these ideas into motion lol. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Iggins01
08-11-2005, 09:01 PM
that would explain my mt periscopes always look like a bird pooped on them

mxyztplk1
08-11-2005, 09:26 PM
Originally posted by Iggins01:
that would explain my mt periscopes always look like a bird pooped on them

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Messervy
08-12-2005, 03:01 AM
I just love this one - mind I am NOT the author, but this one is the best so I stored it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/whitepoop5ne.jpg

Blabaer
08-12-2005, 04:35 AM
Messervy....LOL!!!!
To BDU: Need windscreen vipers quickly.....really niiicee pic....where did you find it?? any more fun variants on SH3 theme??


Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz.-:
Thats the smartest one I heard yet! 1 problem. they should use bait or bread instead of meat.
The 1 with 2 divers. The U-Boat would spot them and dive. And the diver would only get 1 or 2 shots with the hammer before the skipper reilses whats going on and dives. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Um oki....to deal with the periscope issue...."down scope, ahead full...."..ooh look a little propeller is chewing nicely on the swimmerdude.....how many would be willing to do the swiming after a few got chopped up....