The USS Arizona, sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack, had the guns of her number 2 turret salvaged. They were straightened, relined, and installed on the USS Nevada during a refit of that ship, and were later fired at the Japanese at Iwo Jima and Okinawa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
WWI Metal of Honor; Jake Allex, alone and exposed, ran directly towards machine gun fire, neutralizing the turret. Out of bullets, he used his bayonet to kill five soldiers before it snapped. He then used his rifle butt to subdue the rest of the nest, capturing 15 prisoners, all by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
In 1911 Gunther Adolf Burstyn designed the 1st ever cross-country fighting vehicle with swiveling gun turret (a tank). His draft design, more advanced than some of the tanks of WWI, was rejected both by Austria-Hungary and by the Germans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
A Polish man received a building permit for a single-family home in the 1980s, he then spent his fortune building a 52-room castle, with 365 windows and 12 turrets. Once the authorities found out, they put an end to construction, he's still fighting with them now, 35 years later, to complete it. houseandhistory.com/lapal…
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress airplane (WW2, Korean War) had an analog computer system that allowed one team to simultaneously control 4 turrets mounted on the bottom of the wings β€” the computer calculates the aim and automatically adjusts all of the turrets respectively youtu.be/XakK81edKFA?t=95
During the battle of Hampton Roads, the USS Monitor's spinning turret became difficult to stop. The crew allowed the turret to spin around in circles and fired the turret on the fly, similar to a "360 no scope" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The handrail around the turret in some early WW2 tanks is an antenna. The presence of a handrail antenna would reveal to the enemy that the tank is a command tank, which made it a primary target in the combat. Because of this, it was eventually replaced with a whip antenna. manxgamingsolutions.com/w…
Today I learned that the largest tank ever designed, the Maus, had a turret that weighed more than a fully loaded Tiger 1 tank, or 55 tons. youtu.be/GaY8SLMoy-4?t=24…
The USS Arizona had the guns of her #2 turret salvaged, relined and placed upon the USS Nevada. These guns were later fired in anger upon the Japanese at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The Russians actually fielded a tank with two turrets on its hull during WW2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMK…
Today I learned of an armored vehicle prototype invented by Preston Tucker in 1930s. Tucker Tiger, as it was called, was entirely bulletproof, had air conditioning, and a turret that could rotate 360 degrees. Its maximum speed was 114 mph, but it was rejected by the Army because they felt it was too fast. autoweek.com/article/car-…
Alan Mcgee, a ball turret gunner in WW2, fell 22,000 feet from his flaming B-17 without a parachute and lived businessinsider.com/the-s…
Saburō Sakai, a Japanese WWII fighter ace, was shot through his goggle by a turret gunner. The 7.62 mm bullet passed through his brain, blinding one eye and paralyzing one side of his body. Despite this, he landed his plane and returned to battle a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
Fjell Fortress in Norway had a 28 cm naval gun turret that had three barrels, and a range of 41 kilometres, each barrel fired 3 shells, this caused an earth quake, shattered all windows in Fjell and flattened some barns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fje…
The main turrets on a battleship like the USS Missouri would fall out if the ship were to capsize because the main turrets are not attached to the ship directly and are kept in place by their mass. blog.hawaii.edu/neojourno…
The French Renault FT was one of the most revolutionary tank designs in history, the first to have a rotating turret, and with a configuration of crew at the front, engine at the back, that remains the standard tank layout to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Today I learned of a concept car created in the USA in 1958 that featured a two-part construction, many innovative safety features and an elevated drivers turret. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
South Korea has completely Autonomous Turrets, SGR-A1 developed by Samsung, deployed along its entire 160 mile border with North Korea, making it the most militarized border in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
In the 1940s, Life magazine made the controversial decision to publish a photo of a japanese skull propped on a tank turret by American soldiers. They received half as many complaints about the picture as they did for one of a mistreated cat from the same issue. greyfalcon.us/restored/Wa…
Today I learned of Matt Urban, most decorated infantry officer in US history. He was wounded twice battling tanks w/ a bazooka. He returned to his unit on the front after shrapnel ripped his leg. Under intense German fire he ran across open field to a tank, mounted the turret, climbed in & returned enemy fire. wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_U…
One of the WW2 cruiser USS Louisville's main turrets was destroyed by a direct hit from a Kamikaze, then discarded and forgotten at port for years before it was converted into a rotating nuclear blast recording device at a Nevada test site news.vegas/news/iteam-wwi…
There's a real, working turret that fires 1,000,000 rounds per minute (or 16,666 bullets per second; a bullet every 0,002 seconds) youtube.com/watch?v=wKlnM…
During 1946 nuclear weapon tests in the Pacific, animals were put on ships in the blast area. Goat #119, behind plate armour inside a gun turret, died from the radiation in 4 days. Goat #53, out on deck, died in 2. Pig #311 was found swimming around and was brought back to the zoo in Washington. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of "Big Wind" a modified T-34 tank that was used to put out oil well fires during the Persian Gulf War, that had the engine of an MiG-21 in place of a turret. mpora.com/outdoors/enviro…
In 1989 a turret on the USS Iowa exploded. It was first blamed on a 'homosexual relationship' gone bad; Congress disagreed. The Navy never amended its findings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
A single turret from the Japanese Battleship Yamato weighed more than an American Destroyer ww2db.com/ship_spec.php?s…
In an effort to fight oil well fires, Hungarian engineers recycled a Russian T-34 tank and replaced the gun turret with 2 Mig-21 engines. The team would inject water into the exhaust and blow the fire out. They appropriately called it Big Wind. caranddriver.com/features…
Today I learned of G Thompson, whose plane was hit, saw the turret ablaze, went through the fire to help the gunner. He put out his alight clothes with his bare hands and got burns to his legs, hands and face. Then went to the rear turret which was ablaze, used his burnt hands to beat out flames on the gunner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The SU-152's gun was so strong, it could knock off the turret of Tiger tanks (68 tonnes) with only the blast of the shell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-…
The glowing "lights" on the side front of a T-90's turret are actually an ATGM countermeasure system, entitled Shtora (Curtain) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sht…
It took 20,000 men to build the Taj mahal that included sculptors from Bukhara, calligraphers from Syria and Persia, inlayers from southern India, stone cutters from Baluchistan, a specialist in building turrets, another who carved only marble flowers tajmahal.gov.in/creation.…
The U.S. Navy tried to blame a deadly 1989 turret explosion on a nonexistent gay love affair between two sailors. Later investigations proved the explosion was accidental, and caused by problems with the gunpowder bags. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In WW2 the British introduced a single engine fighter armed only with a rear facing bomber style turret. raf.mod.uk/history/boulto…
There are robotic turrets guarding the border of South Korea singularityhub.com/2010/1…
During WWII a crew on a B-17 bomber took a vow to never abandon one another. The aircraft was hit during a mission and went into a dive. The ball turret gunner could not get out. The other three men could have left with parachutes, but they stayed with him until the plane crashed. They all died. stripes.com/war-excerpt-a…
The British tested a hydrogen bomb on a Centurion tank, but it survived mostly intact. So the Australians took it and used it to fight in Vietnam, where it was shot with an RPG. The entire turret crew was wounded, but remained on duty after evacuating just one of the crew members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Hitler approved the construction of the Maus in 1943. A 188 ton (386,000lbs) super-heavy tank. Only two hulls and one turret were made. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
The B-29 Superfortress was the first aircraft with a Computer-Controlled Remote Fire System. It operated five machine gun turrets. popularmechanics.com/mili…
The U.S. Navy battleship Iowa suffered a gun turret explosion in 1989 that killed 47 sailors - and they tried to blame it on a gay love affair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
South Korea has autonomous robot gun turrets defending their border. reuters.com/video/2011/02…
During WW2, a B17's landing gear and ball turret were jammed from an attack. The plane crash landed on it's belly crushing the man inside of the jammed ball turret against the runway. youtu.be/iNAoHw5oosI?t=6m…
The Overwatch City voice from Half Life 2 and the voices for GLaDOS/Caroline and the turrets were all done by the the same woman, Ellen McLain. imdb.com/name/nm1655889/?…
There is a palace in Sri Lanka that was built on a 660 ft tall column of rock in 477AD. The Palace is named Sigiriya and features water gardens, frescoes, and defensive turrets whenonearth.net/ancient-p…
Today I learned of the Surcouf, a WWII French "battle-sub". It was the largest submarine in the war and carried a deployable scout plane and had a waterproof turret with 2 8 inch guns. She sunk with all 110 hands in suspicious circumstance and there are conspiracy theories about her fate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Switzerland had a tank that was so faulty it would accidentally start turning its turret and even shoot its main gun if the heating system was switched on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
There are real life sentry turrets in Korea. cnet.com/news/korean-mach…
After everyone else had bailed out, Leo Myllykoski pulled out the unconscious ball turret operator and strapped a parachute too him, then held onto him to save their lives, while the plane was crashing behind enemy lines in WWI. books.google.com/books?id…
Aircraft cannons were salvaged from German aircraft after WWII and used as turret guns in helicopters combataircraft.com/en/Mil…
Samsung makes Automated Self Targeting Gun Turrets youtube.com/watch?v=Oa08G…
A High Explosive round from a SU-152 could rip the turret completely off of a Tiger tank by sheer blast effect alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-…

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