Mail Call

Season 2 Episode 5

Trebuchet; Troop Headcounts; BAR; Smart Bombs; Modern Parachutes; Boomerangs

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 26, 2003 on The History Channel
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Trebuchet; Troop Headcounts; BAR; Smart Bombs; Modern Parachutes; Boomerangs
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In this episode, R. Lee Ermey learns how a trebuchet, or catapult, was used by medieval armies; how many troops are in a platoon, a company, and a division; the history of the Browning Automatic Rifle; how smart bombs work; the types of parachutes used by today's paratroopers; and how the weapon version of a boomerang was used.moreless
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      • R. Lee Ermey: The invention of the parachute back in 1797 was credited to James Blanchard who never used one himself, but legend has it that he proved the 'chute would work by pushing his dog out of a hot air balloon. Apparently what had not been invented yet was the Humane Society.

      • R. Lee Ermey: I asked the Mail Call supply sergeant to whip me up a little trebuchet and this is what he gave me, a little trebuchet. (it's a tiny version that flings cherry tomatoes) But check it out. (he fires a tomato) Hah, very very funny. But I got back to mister wise a** and told him I wanted something man sized! Something I could sink my teeth into!

      • R. Lee Ermey: Sit back down and shut your trap! It's time for Mail Call!

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