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ARSON Under THE SEAS (Jan, 1942)
U-boat warfare, a menace now, will grow to be much more brutal with this flame-throwing sub!
by Captain James Poole
A NEW refinement-if that's the word-on that deadly menace, the submarine, in which the U-boat is enabled to come for the surface and destroy complete fleets of enemy craft having a sheet of all-enveloping flame,imitation watch, has been perfected and tested in California by John Edwin Hogg, a frequent contributor to Mechanix Illustrated on military and naval subjects.
Using a 48-inch functioning model of an underseas craft, which he described because the forerunner of a fleet of 4,000-ton incendiary subs, Hogg successfully demonstrated that U-boats may be built which would slip sub- merged into enemy harbors, spew a terrific oil slick for the surface, in addition to a moment later explode the slick into a raging inferno of fire and destruction. In accordance with the inventor, no living point could tolerate the awful fury with the flame resulting from a single charge of this new-type sub.
Hogg tested his model on a tiny lake, in an abandoned rock quarry, near Azusa, California. Standing waist-deep within the water just before an assemblage of newspapermen, Hogg set the clock-motors of his craft-which he calls Lucifer-in motion, pointed it away in the shore, and released it. Right away Lucifer sped toward the center from the lake and submerged having a running dive into 35 feet of clear, cold water. To the newspapermen, it looked as if the tiny boat had foundered.
A moment later, nonetheless, a sizable iridescent pool, considerably around the order of an oil slick, spread more than the surface of your pond at the spot where Lucifer had gone down. There was quiet for a moment whilst the slick grew wider and wider, then-BOOM!
In a sudden fury, the oil spot blasted from calmness and beauty into a giant sheet of raging flame. White-hot, it blazed furiously for as a great deal as five minutes, providing off a tremendous cloud of noxious gas, steam, and sooty black smoke. The spectators at this awesome spectacle agreed that, had a man within a rowboat been caught in the center of this 50-foot conflagration, his boat would have already been charred to a crisp within the fire created by the six quarts of volatile oil and chemical released by the smaller model, plus the man himself would have already been burned beyond recognition and drowned.
Hogg admitted, when the demonstration had been concluded, that he had not been in a position to sell his invention for the government.
"But believe back to 1897," he mentioned, "when Simon Lake invented the initial submarine. He failed to sell it within this nation, too-and sooner or later it was purchased by Germany and practically became the deciding aspect inside the Kaiser's attempts to corner globe power in 1917 and 1918. We have been caught ten years behind the occasions in that deal and also the nation paid heavily for it."
Hogg cited the fact that Simon Lake continues to be alive and functioning on 7,000-ton, cargo-carrying subs as proof of the reality that his four,000-' ton incendiary craft is totally within the realms of constructural possibility.
Only, instead of the six quarts of oil and chemical fuel burned on the California lake, Hogg estimated that his four,000-ton model would set off a veritable man-made volcano in the sea of fire which might be created by two,000 tons of fuel.
"Nothing can reside in such a furnace," he said. "If you would like to see the healthy regard naval surface ships have for fire, just learn a blaze on a battleship sometime, yell fire in the best of the lungs, after which watch the crew go into action'"
Hogg explained that, in attacking enemy surface craft, his sub would use its periscope only for sighting the enemy. It then would dive to its greatest probable depth and use the radio sonic direction-finder for obtaining its most favorable position for attack. That position would be beneath and slightly ahead of the enemy.
The sub then would eject its fuel cargo by injecting water ballast in to the tanks. The liquid fuel would go straight to the surface, spread out incredibly speedily more than a big region, and could be ignited by chemical detonators sent to the surface with the fuel.
Any ship or ships caught in such a fire would be doomed. Inside a matter of seconds every painted surface above the water line will be ablaze. Temperatures in each and every compartment above water would speedily mount beyond human endurance. Explosions and sinking would comply with the spread of the fire into fuel bunkers, powder magazines, or munitions handling routes.
When burning on water, petroleum and petroleum items have a tendency to some extent to blank themselves out by the consumption of oxygen and from smothering by their very own solutions of combustion. Hogg claims to possess overcome this objection, even so, by using a fuel which has recently been perfected by chemical engineers and which generates oxygen since it burns. This, he says gives the fuel a tremendously enhanced speed of combustion, also as an enormous increase in heat.
"It also is possible," Hogg states, "to alter this fuel mixture to meet the precise situations of jobs the incendiary sub would be called upon to do. By way of example, the destruction of tidal seaports."
Hogg visualizes his craft approaching a harbor entrance, outside the mine fields and anti-submarine barriers,replica fake watch, and with out ever showing a periscope. All of a sudden it releases its blazing cargo on an inflowing tide.
The outcome, he insists, would be a holocaust.
The inexpensive, low-grade fuel oil appropriate for this sort of attack Hogg claims would speedily ignite the first-class fire traps which make up most seaports. Flimsy, creosoted pilings and docks would burst into a fire which would be self-perpetuating for the limits of combustible material around it.
Ordinary water-and-hose fire fighting procedures would be powerless to arrest it, as confirmed by the oil bombs and thermites dropped by the Nazis on London.
Hogg pointed out that the British navy, some months ago, turned back an attempted Nazi invasion by attacking the German invasion barges with burning oil dumped about them around the North Sea by cruisers, corvettes and destroyers. England, he insisted, hadn't told how a lot of barges they burned or how quite a few Nazis they'd roasted alive in that sortie. But, according to German reports in the battle, the majority of these who got back to Germany had been wrapped in oiled sheets and permitted to die under pain-killing narcotics.
Hogg mentioned the British had borrowed the idea, on the other hand, in the ancient Greeks, who'd utilised it against the Carthagenians. The Athenians dumped crude oil on the water, set it ablaze, and burned the entire Carthagenian fleet to the bottom with the Mediterranean. He emphasized the fact that, with contemporary submarines as the flame-producers, an even more helpful naval victory might be effected.
The inventor minimized the worth of his discovery to any other nation than the United states, on the other hand. Hitler, he pointed out, has small oil to spare for purposes of incendiary warfare, whereas America has 62.eight percent of the world's out there supply.
"If we do not take advantage of this superiority," he warned, "by creating the correct weapons, it will likely be just an additional example of democracy carrying out too small, also late!"




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