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VARIABLE TIME FUZE CONTRIBUTED TO VICTORY OF UNITED NATIONS

E&MP 102.001

Proximity Fuse

March 15, 1945

Another installment of the now-it-can-be-told serial which already includes the stories of the atomic bomb and radar was the revelation made by the Navy September 20,1945, of a pint-size fuze, holding its own five-tube radio sending and receiving set, which was credited with being a major factor in repulsing the German counter-offensive in France in the winter of 1944 as well as with stemming the V-bomb attacks on London the preceding summer and the kamikaze threat in the last months of War in the Pacific.

The device, officially known as the Variable Time Fuze, explodes a projectile as soon as it comes close enough to a target to inflict damage.

Developed by the Office of Scientific Research and Development at the request of the Navy Bureau of Ordnance, the VT fuze, as it is commonly known, was credited by Admiral King with having "contributed greatly toward winning the war for the United Nations".

This picture shows various types of VT fuzes for use in 5 inch 38 calibre and 3 inch 50 calibre Navy guns.

File Number: 701027 Released: September 20, 1945


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