One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tube containing explosive used by infantry for blowing up wire entanglements or other barriers.
- ‘The original Bangalore torpedo was designed in 1912 by Captain McClintock, an engineer who worked for Bengal, Bombay and Madras Sappers and Miners.’
- ‘Instead, they'd take the building down, with Bangalore torpedoes and satchel charges (weapons once used to take out bunkers at Normandy on D-Day).’
- ‘The saboteurs would break through fences by using bolt cutters or Bangalore torpedoes, pipe-shaped explosives developed by the British army in India nearly a century ago.’
- ‘Because of their explosive characteristics, Bangalore torpedoes were the most successful conventional means in effecting complete destruction.’
- ‘A Bangalore torpedo is a long metal tube filled with dynamite.’
- ‘Once we tried to use Bangalore torpedoes to clear a path into an enemy hideout.’
- ‘Then came a small number of the diversion party, then thirty men of ‘B’ Company with some Bangalore torpedoes.’
- ‘In keeping with its origins as a manufacturer of explosives, it produces three types of demolition charges and a series of detonators and Bangalore torpedoes.’
- ‘Lt. Dillon put three Bangalore torpedoes together and blew a hole big enough to drive a truck through.’
- ‘Two Bangalore torpedoes were placed in position and fired at 11.10, but the one opposite 27 Bay failed to explode.’
- ‘It's not easy being a combat engineer - - especially if you're lugging a Bangalore torpedo trying to clear minefields.’
- ‘He was quoted in the Kuwaiti newspaper Alzaman on 20 June 2002 as saying: ‘At least 40 children in Rafah lost their arms from the throwing of Bangalore torpedoes [pipe bombs].’’
- ‘The Bangalore torpedo was a weapon invented by the British that was used for blowing up land mines or clearing barbed wire.’
- ‘Once the Bangalore torpedoes did their job of removing the barbed wire obstacles, the enemy broke contact and ran.’
- ‘My job, as a demolitions expert, was to take Bangalore torpedoes and satchel charges to blow up the caves where the Japanese had hunkered down.’
- ‘When searching a heavily booby trapped area that does not have a clearly defined boundary, Bangalore torpedoes may be used to cut random cleared lanes into the area.’
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