WW1 French Experimental Anti Zeplin Flechettes by Baelde. 1915


#1

Since there have been a number of prior discussions concerning flechettes here on the Forum I decided to added the following concerning some experimental incendiary flechettes and from what little I can understand is a electromagnetic flechette release device. Information on these (that I have found thus far) is very limited but there are some interesting pictures.

#1-

Flèche percutante, incendiaire, asphyxiante pour combattre et détruire les Zeppelins, offert par l’inventeur Félix Baelde à la Défense nationale] : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol]

Online translation:
Flèche percutante, incendiaire, asphyxiante to fight and destroy the Zeppelins, offered by the inventor Félix Baelde to the National Defense]: [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol]

#1a- A portion of the picture above, the red arrows point to what I think may be modified French 8mm Lebel cartridge cases (?)

#2-

[Flèche percutante incendiaire asphyxiante… . et lance-bombes électro-magnétique… contre les Zeppelins, offerts par l’inventeur Félix Baeldé à la Défense nationale… soumis le 29 avril 1915…] : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol]

Online translation:
[Asphyxiating incendiary arson. And electro-magnetic bombs … against the Zeppelins, offered by the inventor Félix Baeldé to the National Defense … submitted April 29, 1915 …]: [press photography] / [Agence Rol]

#3-

Lance bombes fléches électro-magnétique avec chargeur automatique électrique muni d’un viseur contre les Zeppelins, offert par l’inventeur M Baelde à la Défense nationale] : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol]

Online translation:
[Electro-magnetic arrows bombs with automatic electric charger equipped with a Zeppelin sight, offered by the inventor M Baelde to National Defense]: [press photograph] / [Agence Rol]

#3a- Enlarged portion of the picture above, the blue arrows are pointing to “conventional” all steel flechettes.

Some brief discussions have occurred on the Pages 14-18 forum:

http://pages14-18.mesdiscussions.net/pages1418/aviation-1914-1918/lance-bombes-sujet_3077_1.htm

http://pages14-18.mesdiscussions.net/pages1418/aviation-1914-1918/munitions-anti-zeppelins-sujet_2175_1.htm

It certainly would be nice to find the legend identifying all the numbered parts shown in picture #1.

Any additional help with translation and/or information is most welcome.

Brian


#2

Very interesting. Unfortunately all I can add is this picture of my flechette.

Joe


#3

Very good information on these flechettes Brian! Thank you!

Great photos as well gentlemen!

Regards,
Dave.


#4

the guy is wearing his special inflation suit to absorb choks when he uses his special parachute


#5

hello xjda 68 :
If you like fléchettes from WWI, here is an incendiary one (but not from the same guy)
jp

flechette incendiaire


#6

and another incendiary Arrow
jp
flechette incendiaire bis


#7

I would welcome any references and photos of the uncommon WWI aerial flechette’s (PM me). I’m am planning a SLICS 2018 display Currently have 20+ different items to display. Some undoubtedly faked or replicas

I’m a buyer

Pepper


#8

I cant wait for that pepper!


#9

I know that such topic exist here, but all pictures are unfortunately lost… :-(
I have this flechette from my grandfather - he was an Austro-Hungarian soldier. I don´t know from which front or from which army this flechette should be.
I never saw such a “steel and wood” type on web or elsewhere.
Tip and screw is steel, back part is wood.
Do someone know it?

Whole lenght: 142 mm
Tip lenght: 53 mm
Diameter: 8 mm


#10

WOW. would love to hear more about your grandfather


#11

INCREDIBLE! So many of these I have never seen before. Thank you so much for these pics.

Jason