bangalore torpedo

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ban·ga·lore torpedo

A piece of metal pipe filled with an explosive, used primarily to clear a path through barbed wire or to detonate land mines.

[After Bangalore.]
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bangalore torpedo

(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) an explosive device in a long metal tube, used to blow gaps in barbed-wire barriers
[C20: named after Bangalore, where it was developed]
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Ban′galore torpe′do

a metal tube filled with explosives, used to destroy barbed-wire entanglements or detonate land mines.
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Noun1.Bangalore torpedo - a metal pipe filled with explosive, used to detonate land mines or to clear a path through barbed wirebangalore torpedo - a metal pipe filled with explosive, used to detonate land mines or to clear a path through barbed wire
torpedo - armament consisting of a long cylindrical self-propelled underwater projectile that detonates on contact with a target
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'The troops also recovered 55 Rounds of 5.56 X 45mm ammunition, 5 Bangalore Torpedo, Two 120mm Mortar Bombs, 1000 Rounds of 7.62mm Ball Metal Link Ammunition, 55 Rounds of 7.62mm Ammunition and 108 Rounds of 12.7mm Ammunition with links, as well as 2 memory cards, 2 Hydraulic Jacks and a 1.5 Amp Battery.' He said.
Another method of breaching involved the use of a recent advancement in ordnance: the bangalore torpedo. The torpedo was invented 2 years before the start of the war by an officer in Great Britain's Corps of Royal Engineers in response to the latest advancement in countermobility: barbed wire.
The Bangalore Torpedo explosion caused considerable confusion, owing to the fact that our men had not seen one before."
IN our next turn in the Cambrin trenches, after he had taken out the Bangalore Torpedo, Freezer formed one of a patrol of three who had a running fight with a German patrol of six.
" He pointed out that "the most prominent contributions made by America to the Iraqi security forces during the month of March only, are / 500 / thousand ammunition rounds of 50 mm caliber of Army Aviation, and a thousand anti- tank weapon type AT- 4, and a million and / 200 / thousand rounds of caliber 5.56 mm, and / 350 / thousand rounds of caliber 7.62 mm, and / 12 / thousand individual first aid kit, and / 70 / tubes explosives type "Bangalore Torpedo" to clear mines and barriers./End
It replaces the Bangalore Torpedo, which was heavier, took longer to set up, and four times the number of people to carry, officials said.
Weapons also included a No 36 Mills Grenade with a four-second fuse and 'Bangalore torpedo' mines, which could be strung together on a wire and rigged across the road to destroy an approaching tank.

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