From Panjandrum to Instigator of Anti-Aircraft Wheezes and Dodges

Last night I decided to look up the meaning of Panjandrum, lazily I typed the word directly into google rather than a dictionary. The process turned into one of those serendipitous short journeys though Wikipedia.

Panjandrum, known also as The Great Panjandrum, was a massive, rocket-propelled, explosive-laden cart designed by the British military during World War II. It was one of a number of highly experimental projects, including Hajile and the Hedgehog, that were developed by the Admiralty‘s Directorate of Miscellaneous Weapons Development (DMWD) in the final years of the war. The Panjandrum was never used in battle. More…

 

The Directorate of Miscellaneous Weapons Development had such a wonderfully vague name it looked interesting.

The Directorate of Miscellaneous Weapons Development (DMWD), known colloquially as the Wheezers and Dodgers, was a department of the Admiralty responsible for the development of various unconventional weapons during World War II. The nickname was derived from their original title, the Inspectorate of Anti-Aircraft Weapons and Devices, IAAWD, which was corrupted to “Instigator of Anti-Aircraft Wheezes and Dodges”. More…

It was from this DMWD that Barnes Wallis developed the Bouncing Bomb…