Ep 356: Highballs and Bazookas

Ep 356: Highballs and Bazookas

Al and James discuss why Britain never used the Highball bouncing bomb, the impact of losing battleships, the PIAT versus the Bazooka and the perils of reading your own books.

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  1. Great episode. I wanted to learn more about the PIAT, particularly about the unusually strong spring required to cock the weapon. At first, I thought that the spring was part of the weapon’s propulsion, although you made clear that it had an explosive propellant. You also explained that the PIAT’s round cocked the weapon for subsequent firings. What I discovered (https://militaryhistorynow.com/2020/09/04/bring-up-the-piat-meet-britains-famous-anti-tank-weapon-of-ww2/) was that the spring was made that way to absorb the substantial recoil, a fascinating lesson in physics. Momentum is always conserved, but the spring served to spread it over time and enable the user to handle it better (at least from a prone position). Keep up the good work, and let us know if you’re ever in Wisconsin.

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