Spanish Civil War Postcard 013


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a wrecked cartoon ship on the ocean floor. The ship shows a large explosion on its front half. Above water, there is another ship in the distance and a large wave above the sunken ship. The ship above water is tilted and releases dark grey smoke. The ship above water is next to a large rock or island.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text and a labeled illustration. In the upper left corner, there is an illustration of a bomb with labels "Depth Bomb", "Lifting Ring", "Adjusting Screw", "Pistol & Depth Adjuster", "Detonator", "Length 33"", "Diameter 17½"", "Weight 400 lb", "Primer", and "300 lbs of Explosive". Full text includes "Depth Bomb Lifting Ring Adjusting Screw Pistol & Depth Adjuster Detonator Length 33" Diameter 17½" Weight 400 lb Primer 300 lbs of Explosive 90 Depth Bomb Sinking Pirate Submarine On September 14, 1937 an Anti-Piracy Patrol was established by Britain and France to stop under-sea piracy of merchant ships. Depth bombs proved the most effective method of fighting the submarines. Patrol boats would drop the bombs in a diamond formation and make a wide area of sea "unhealthy". The depth bomb is an iron drum fitted with a contraption for setting the depth at which it explodes. If it goes off anywhere near the sub, the effect is very great. Even if the charge does not actually land on top of the sub the explosion will give the undersea boat such a rocking that it may get out of control and sink, or rise to view! Depth bombs are dropped in two ways: by rolling from a chute (shown in picture) or by throwing from a small canon. Listening devices on the Patrol boats reveal the sub's location. To know the horrors of war is to want peace This is one of a series of 240 True Stories of Modern Warfare. Save to get them all. Copyright 1938, GUM, INC., Phila., Pa."


Spanish Civil War Postcard 013


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archive



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