JF Ptak Science Books LLC Post 285
In an earlier post (The Most LIterary Fireworks Catalog Ever Published? The Naming of Explosions) I wrote a little bit about names found on shells and the naming of explosions. The chances for adding to this category are slim, given the ephemeral nature of the item of discussion--I did however stumble upon this Food Bomb, found in the 25 April 1942 issue of The Illustrated London News. "Guten Hunger", the inscription on this "bomb" (basically "good appetite" or "eat well" or "down the hatch") was actually "not a weapon of destruction, but an enormous food container" that was going to be dropped on the German soldiers on some slender part of the Eastern Front. In April the situation was turning now away for the Germans with the Soviet counter offensive, and it was still cold. Something like 3 million German soldiers would be awarded the service medal for the Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42--not many of them would get to look at it after 1945. The campaign in the east against their former allies started on 7 June 1941 (and named variously die Ostfront 1941-1945, der Rußlandfeldzug 1941-1945 (Russian campaign) or der Ostfeldzug 1941-1945 (Eastern Campaign)) and lasted to mid-May, 1945, when the campaign line shrunk from as far away as Moscow back down to east Berlin.