Surely out there in history land is a lot of unusual or odd event that have occured as a side effect to a military operation. This area is to chronicle these events for the enjoyment of others.
The only thing I ask is that they be true odd events not taken out of a war comic or fiction. If you have a link on the web, please post it.
My contribution to this topic: The submarine that sank itself:
The USS Tang. The USS TANG under Cmdr. R.H. O’Kane set out from Pearl Harbor on September 24, 1944, to begin her fifth war patrol. The story of TANG’s sinking comes from the report of her surviving Commanding Officer. A night surface attack was launched on October 24, 1944 against a transport which had previously been stopped in an earlier attack. The first torpedo was fired, and when it was observed to be running true, the second and last was loosed. It curved sharply to the left, broached, porpoised and circled. Emergency speed was called for and the rudder was thrown over. These measures resulted only in the torpedo striking the stern of TANG.
Although it was rumored that another american submarine had been sunk by a circling torpedo it fired, only the Tang had survivors to report the incident to the US Navy Command after the war was over. Go to this link to review the incident, and learn more. http://www.csp.navy.mil/ww2boats/tang.htm
see you in the military odd world .