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Torpedo the Axis!
Torpedo the Axis!
Resource Typeimage
TitleTorpedo the Axis!
Coverage / Yearc. 1943
DescriptionPoster, color, 20 x 30 in., issued by The Admiralty and printed for H. M. Stationery Office.
InterpretationThe Torpedo fish is an electric ray capable of delivering a stunning shock to its prey and in the 18th century and American, David Bushnell, first applied the name to a weapon of his invention. This first torpedo was simply a mine that was attached to the hull of a ship and exploded either by remote control or by a clockwork fuse. The name was also applied to floating mines and even blazing barrels of pitch carried into harbors by the tide. During World War II, British torpedoes were manufactured at the Royal Naval Torpedo Factory at Greenock and Alexandria, near Dumbarton and the Vickers-Armstrong works at Weymouth. British torpedoes were so well made that the Royal Navy experienced none of the problems of malfunction that so plagued both the German and American navies.
Lesson Plans / ThemesWorld War II;
Learning Standards16 History; 13 Science, Technology and Society; 14 Political Systems;
Author or CreatorAdmiralty Great Britain.
Subject / KeywordsWorld War, 1939-1945--Great Britain; War posters, Great Britain; World War II
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
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Resource Identifierww20277p
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