Infantry Drills

H-79: Bangalore Torpedo

Previous: H-77: Cut the Wire

H-79. After the Bangalore torpedo has been assembled and pushed through the wire obstacle, prime it with either an electric or nonelectric firing system. (See figure H-12, page H-24.) To prevent early detonation of the entire Bangalore torpedo if you hit a mine while pushing it through the obstacle, attach an improvised (wooden) torpedo section to its end. The section can be made out of wooden poles or sticks the size of a real torpedo section. Attach the nose sleeve to the end of the wooden section. Once the Bangalore torpedo has been fired, use wire cutters to cut away wire not cut by the explosion.

Figure H-12. Reducing wire obstacles with Bangalore torpedoes

Next: H-80: Reduce an Urban Obstacle

Go Back To: U.S. Army FM 3-21.8: The Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad