butterfly bomb


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butterfly bomb

[′bəd·ər‚flī ‚bäm]
(ordnance)
A small fragmentation or antipersonnel bomb equipped with two folding wings which rotate and arm the fuse as the bomb descends; designed to be dropped in clusters, they are frequently fitted with antidisturbance or delay fuses.
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The German's Head of Weapons Development, General Marquard, had come up with another experimental weapon called the butterfly bomb.
Butterfly bombs weighed about 5lbs and were shaped like cocoa cans with little wings which slowed them down as they fell to earth.
The can turned out to be a wartime butterfly bomb, which exploded and killed him.
When peace was declared in May 1945, the men of Bomb Disposal had defused about 40,000 high explosive bombs, 5,700 butterfly bombs and another 6,900 antiaircraft shells and incendiaries.
How about the quaint habit they had of dropping Butterfly Bombs which were designed to kill and maim civilians?