Friday, June 15, 2018
Fact or fiction?
From the wiki entry for Directed-Energy weaponry we have this item:
"The fictional 'engine-stopping ray'"
"Stories in the 1930s and World War Two gave rise to the idea of an 'engine-stopping ray' [internal combustion engine]. They seemed to have arisen from the testing of the television transmitter in Feldberg, Germany. Because electrical noise from car engines [ignition coil minus radio wire] would interfere with field strength measurements, sentries would stop all traffic in the vicinity for the twenty minutes or so needed for a test. Reversing the order of events in retelling the story created a 'tale' where tourists car engine stopped first and then were approached by a German soldier who told them that they had to wait. The soldier returned a short time later to say that the engine would now work and the tourists drove off. Such stories were circulating in Britain around 1938 and during the war British Intelligence relaunched the myth as a 'British engine-stopping ray', trying to spoof the Germans into researching what the British had invented in an attempt to tie up German scientific resources."
A WEAPON IN THAT ERA BEFORE AND DURING WW2 THE CAPACITY AND PURPOSE OF WHICH WAS TO SHUT OFF THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A WARPLANE WHILE IN FLIGHT!!
NO SUCH DIRECTED-ENERGY WEAPON "DEATH-RAY" DEVICE EXISTED BUT WAS THOUGHT FOR A TIME TO BE A POSSIBLE!
Now you know the rest of the story and are so much the better for it too.
"Here's looking at you kid!!"