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Thursday, 23 August 2018

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It appears Davis is something of an amateur expert on munitions. He writes "The ensuing napalm inferno". I won't look it up, but am fairly sure during WWII white phosphorus and magnesium were used for firebombing. If I'm wrong one of you will probably let me know.

Most explosives experts of the time were sure A-bombs wouldn't explode, since they had no understanding of the principles involved. And no one, including scientists on the Manhattan project, was sure exactly how powerful the explosions would be. Truman probably made the best choice of the options he had.

Napalm Bob (No fellow Duffsters I'm not saying ...) was invented by a fellow named Julian Feiser in 1942.

I'm "pretty sure" Chris LeMay was the first to order its use. Willy Peter and Mg if I recall correctly was used - after the success of napalm as, the "X marks the spot" to drop the gel.

While Truman was at it, he should have dropped several A-bombs on Moscow.

Whitewall, you do not drop bombs on your allies! Unless by mistake!!

Jimmy, call it planning ahead...

JK,

Thank you for steering me from the stormy seas of ignorance into the calm harbor of knowledge.

I conceded too soon. White phosphorous was used from WWI on:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_phosphorus_munitions#World_War_I,_the_inter-war_period_and_World_War_II

What part of Bob, "willy peter" do you not get that all us aficionados understand is white phosphorous?

Next thing you'll be telling us is, as a NASA personage the Goldschmidt process wouldn't blow the bolts of your skirts up.

Here Bob ...

m Mg + (C2F4)n → 2n MgF2(s) + (m − 2n) Mg(g) + 2n C, m ≥ 2n (2)
(m − 2n) Mg(g) + 2n C + ((1/2)m + n) O2(g) → (m − 2n) MgO(s) + 2n CO2(g)

(Don't use it to start your next tailgate party.)

Hang on, JK, I have seen that formula on the labels of Barney Magroo's 'genuine vintage' bourbon!

JK,

OK, but I still think Davis is being presumptuous. I can't find a source that says napalm was used in Japan. It was used in Europe, but so were willy peter devices. "Willy peter" sounds more like salt peter, because of what it supposedly does to a guy's willy.

I'll repeat that I did not work directly for NASA. And I was an electronics type who never messed with explosive bolts. The controls for said bolts might be a different matter ...

Well Bob,

WP (from whence "willy peter" is derived) doesn't get that good ol' spread that napalm from altitude achieves. It does burn hotter though which, made it the preferred accelerant for brick and mortar targets such as Dresden and other such recipients.

But when the targets are tatami ... following the brief intro Bob do scroll down for the header "Napalm in Japan" ...

http://factsanddetails.com/asian/ca67/sub429/item2519.html

Oh and Bob, big boys don't do saltpeter.

Whoops Bob the additional thought occurs ... although I cannot recall any such instances where willy peter was used as the main effector in such a mechanism I must admit to the feasibility of its performing some useful function in a thermobaric device.

Then again, aerosolized wheat flour in highly diffused environments performs much the same as I suspect WP would in a similar situation. Cheaper too, if its to be a purposed action.

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