Word Origins: Bazooka

Robert of Abney Park (best steampunk band ever) has a great post on the how the Bazooka got it’s name:

We can thank General Patton for it.

when the general first saw the shoulder mounted rocket launcher, he said “Looks like the troops are playing a damned bazooka. I hope the god damned Nazis like the tune.”

Yes, the Bazooka was a musical instrument.

Patton gets bonus points for calling the enemy what they are. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do that today? I bet Patton wouldn’t approve of giving medals for not fighting either.

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