Did you know? The Torpedo born in Bangalore!

I didn’t know this, but was first aquainted with the word when I had gone for a Bangalore Walk organised by Arun Pai. He informed us that the Bangalore Torpedo, was a tube packed with explosive used by troops for blowing up wire entanglements, which got its name because it was invented in Bangalore!

The phrase was apparently used in the recent film Saving Private Ryan, and then very recently began to be linked to the phenomenon of jobs being shifted to India, and therefore the term Bangalored!

Some history about the torpedo. It was first devised by Captain McClintock, of the British Army Bengal, Bombay and Madras Sappers and Miners at Bangalore, India, way back in 1912. In WW1, the torpedo was used for clearing barbed wire before an attack. It was later adopted by the US Army as well during World War II, and called the M1A1 Bangalore Torpedo.

So Bangaloreans, we have a torpedo named after our city! How cool is that?!

2 Comments so far

  1. some body (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 6:43 am

    a year or so ago, i chanced upon a blog – http://bangaloretorpedo.blogspot.com. i wonder if it is still exists (i guess that is very easy to find out :-).

    – s.b.

  2. Some Body Else (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 7:01 am

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