Replica of the Great Panjandrum to be tested

"A secret weapon intended to blast through the Nazis’ Normandy defences has been re-created to mark the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

A replica of the Great Panjandrum, a giant drum powered by rockets and carrying a ton of high explosives, will be set off this morning along the beach at Westward Ho! in North Devon, where the original trials took place.

The Great Panjandrum was never used in battle because it was judged too unpredictable and too dangerous to its own side. During testing in 1944, the prototype veered wildly off course and careered towards an audience of top brass and VIPs who were forced to flee from their vantage point on a shingle ridge. A cameraman filming the test had an even closer escape as the bomb rolled directly towards him, rockets firing in all directions. "

Did it go well?

Take a look
I reckon the Police should have those bad boys for clearing the high street of chavs at throwing out time on a friday night....
A noble effort chaps but clearly needed much more welly in terms of the rockety things.

Per the Top Gear motto: "Ambitious, but cr@p......."
Note in little black book...

Blogg owes me 10 minutes...
Mr_Deputy said:
A good effort and nice bit of fun. Why do I now have an urge to buy books from his bookshop and fireworks from the guys who put the tiny rockets on? They didn't have logos on the thing did they?
Good effort? It was a sign-written cable drum with 20 Shermuly-size fireworks strapped to it. The only reason that it moved at all was that it was rolled down a ramp.

Didn't go bang, either. :roll:
Didn't the enormously moustached ex Signals rupert Dick Strawbridge make one of these in his Crafty Tricks of War series a few years back.

Now there's a proper old fashioned Army eccentric.

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