Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 203

"Bangalore" refers to a torpedo device used to clear a path through barricades such as booby traps, barricades, and barbed wire which might otherwise required a direct attack under enemy fire.  An explosive charge is delivered from a more protected position (such as a trench) using a long tube.  See the 1944 Popular Science archived article at

It was developed and used by the British Army in Bangalore, India, in 1912, and used subsequently in World War I and World War II.

For definitions of this and other military terms, see our eBrary book, Dictionary of military terms [electronic resource] / Richard Bowyer.

and our Reference book, The Facts on File dictionary of military science / Jay M. Shafritz, Todd J.A. Shafritz, David B. Robertson.

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