You can almost hear the German airman in the gondola above screaming “Ach du lieber Gott!” as the bladed shell rips the heck out of the fabric of the dirigible or zeppelin allowing gas to escape.
Ingenious, the blades are actually released from with the shell as it is fired, expanding to create more surface area to be plunged into.
Looking up this weapon – I can’t find much data… but it looks and performs exactly as advertised on the card above.
I assume that it was only used on those rare occasions when it became necessary to take out a zeppelin or dirigible in WWI – rare I state because the much quicker and agile aeroplanes were already doing a lot of the wars dirty work… though bombing raids over major cities by dirigibles and zeppelins did their fair share of destruction of both property and human life.
This card – card #125 of the The Great War series of tobacco cards put out by Gallaher Ltd., was published in 1915 during the second year of WWI… as you can see, it says it is the second series… the first being a popular 100-card set. The second series was also a 100-card set.
These cards provided a great deal of information for those at home—and possibly even those in the field of battle—regarding the type of devices and equipment used in the war.
If I was the Germans, I’d be smoking a ton of Gallaher brand cigarettes just to get the full set of 200 cards to know what the enemy (Allies) were up to!
Obviously, the initial 100-card set was thought to have been sufficient for the war. Who could have foreseen it going on so long?
Great war, indeed.