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Posted by: walter M ()
Date: July 27, 2001 06:22PM

Thanks R.K.,
clever guys the Germans; they knew what it does mean standardization. I spare you the weird stories I heard about that kind of problem within the Armed Forces of a funny Mediterranean peninsula...
I was always intrigued with this topic because many North African campaign veterans I talked with confirmed they often were fighting \\\"for\\\" and not \\\"against\\\" the enemy supplies and ammunition.
The British \\\"Sten\\\" machine pistol was actually designed around the 9x19 mm cartridge because they found two millions of rounds in captured Addis Ababa.
Some weapons were purposely designed using a slightly oversized ammunition and so captured undersized ammunitions could be used but the opponent could not.
One more question about torpedoes: which system(s) \\\"starts\\\" the torpedo engine?
One veteran who sailed on a former US submarine that was turned to the MM (but first they used her for filming \\\"Operation Petticoat) told me that if the engine was a reciprocating one it would be started by the launch itself, like sometimes we do with a motorcycle low on battery, but what about electric torpedoes and compressed air torpedoes? Did they have an inertial switch? Could these systems fail to activate or untimely activate the torpedo engine while it was stored?
Thanks again and greetings
walter M

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