It was a crazy way to win World War II in the Pacific-- All the United States had to do was to attach small incendiary bombs to millions of bats and release them over Japan's major cities. As the bats went to roost, a million fires would flare up in remote crannies of the wood and paper buildings common throughout Japan. When their cities were reduced to ashes, the JapanesIt was a crazy way to win World War II in the Pacific-- All the United States had to do was to attach small incendiary bombs to millions of bats and release them over Japan's major cities. As the bats went to roost, a million fires would flare up in remote crannies of the wood and paper buildings common throughout Japan. When their cities were reduced to ashes, the Japanese would surely capitulate... The plan made sense to a handful of eccentric promoters and researchers, who convinced top military brass and even President Roosevelt to back the scheme. It might have worked, except that another secret weapon--something to do with atoms--was chosen to end the war. Told here by the youngest member of the team, this is the story of the bat bomb project, or Project X-Ray, as it was officially known. In scenes worthy of a Capra or Hawks comedy, Jack Couffer recounts the unorthodox experiments carried out in the secrecy of Bandera, Texas, Carlsbad, New Mexico, and El Centro, California, in 1942-1943 by Doc Adams' private army. This oddball cast of characters included an eccentric inventor, a distinguished Harvard scientist, a biologist with a chip on his shoulder, a movie star, a Texas guano collector, a crusty Marine Corps colonel, a Maine lobster fisherman, an ex-mobster, and a tiger. Not to be defeated by minor logistical hurdles, the bat bomb researchers risked life and limb to explore uncharted bat caves and recruit thousands of bats to serve their country. Through months of personality conflicts, military snafus, and technical failures the team pressed on, certain that bats could end the war with Japan. And they might have--in their first airborne test, the bat bombers burned anentire brand-new military airfield to the ground. For everyone who relishes true tales of action and adventure, Bat Bomb is a must-read. Bat enthusiasts will also discover the beginnings of the scientific study of bats....
|Title||:||Bat Bomb: World War II's Other Secret Weapon|
|Number of Pages||:||252 Pages|
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Bat Bomb: World War II's Other Secret Weapon Reviews
A reread; I first read the book when it came out back in the early 90s. Wonderful book. The publisher blurb, quoted in the book description above, basically describes it well; I defy anyone not to be hooked after reading the back cover copy. It reminds me of that tag line, to paraphrase: history is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger that we can imagine. Bat Bomb is an eyewitness account of a secret project to defeat Japan by dropping bombs containing thousands of bats with little tiny incendiaries attached to their bodies -- and, as the first test proved, it just might have worked. Sorry about your air base, Commander...I so want to steal this material, but I have never figured out how to make it any better than the real thing.Highly recommended for just about everybody. Read it before that era of history gets mutated out of all recognition by later and less first-hand views.Ta, L.
Too strange to be true, but yet it was. a small part of military history that never gets the front page.This book is not only informative for the history buff, but a good portion of this book is actually funny.I found myself reading this book cover to cover in one sitting, which is rare for me. Read this book and get your kids to read it. They will thank you for it.Yes, history can be fun.
Secret weapons and good journalism... what more could you wish for? Really worth the time and a great book to pick up every now and then and read leisurely before bed. Good book to read if you are reading others at the same time (as I do all the time!)
A short, amusing memoir from a young soldier assigned to one of the most outlandish military attacks ever devised: the U.S. government's top-secret effort to strap miniature incendiary devices onto a million bats and release them over Japan to set fires during World War II. A ragtag team of soldiers and scientists spent nearly two years studying how to make this plan work but the only thing they succeeded in blowing up was an airfield in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The writing is in the first-person style of a loving grandpa telling old war stories, and the story is occasionally hampered by a lack of context and perspectives from anyone involved other than the author (who wasn't privy to many decisions made by military higher-ups.) Still, "Bat Bomb" is worth reading because it's the rare story that sounds too good to be true ... but it is!
This story seems too crazy to be true, but it is. With an innovative dental surgeon at the helm, this "bat team" spent their wartime service scouring caves in the southwest looking for and capturing bats for this most unlikely secret weapon.
Written by a super sweet-natured, bat-loving dork. Fascinating read. A little hokey here and there, but pretty compelling nonetheless.
Fantastic book. I can't imagine why it has not been made into a movie.