History Main / MissingBackBlast

2nd Aug '17 2:06:21 PM Underachiever
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the German anti-war movie ''Die Brücke''. When one of the boys charged with defending a (tactically actually meaningless) bridge during the last days of WWII fires his Panzerfaust at an American tank from inside a house, ''he'' isn't adversely affected and is even momentarily jubilant about his success. Then he turns back towards the elderly owner of the building who was protesting from behind him only moments ago... In the remake, the old civilian isn't there, but he ''does'' set the house on fire.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the German anti-war movie ''Die Brücke''.''[[Film/TheBridge Die Brücke]]''. When one of the boys charged with defending a (tactically actually meaningless) bridge during the last days of WWII fires his Panzerfaust at an American tank from inside a house, ''he'' isn't adversely affected and is even momentarily jubilant about his success. Then he turns back towards the elderly owner of the building who was protesting from behind him only moments ago... In the remake, the old civilian isn't there, but he ''does'' set the house on fire.
25th Jul '17 11:16:17 PM Dingbot
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* Partially averted in ''Film/{{Commando}}''. Cindy attempts to rescue Matrix by firing a M202 Flash rocket launcher. No recoil at all on the first shot then the ''{{Rule of Funny}}'' comes to the rescue of physics with the second shot throwing her backwards into the car.

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* Partially averted in ''Film/{{Commando}}''. Cindy attempts to rescue Matrix by firing a an M202 Flash rocket launcher. No recoil at all on the first shot when she fires it backwards, then the ''{{Rule of Funny}}'' comes to the rescue of physics with the second shot shot, properly aimed, throwing her backwards into the car.
5th Jul '17 9:32:37 AM Cifer
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* While not in the normal game, the modding community for ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint'' and ''VideoGame/{{ArmA}}'' has created a realism modification that adds backblast to all recoilless RPG weapons (along with a whole host of other realistic features).

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* While not in the normal game, the modding community for ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint'' and ''VideoGame/{{ArmA}}'' has created a realism modification that adds backblast to all recoilless RPG weapons (along with a whole host of other realistic features). The later parts of the series include backblast, both in the "make sure your back is not to a wall" and the "your squaddies ''will'' be yelling at you if you don't warn them to get out of the blast zone" sense.
8th Mar '17 9:42:25 AM nombretomado
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* Averted by MatthewReilly. When Renshaw fires a rocket in a hovercraft, the backblast destroys the windows behind him.

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* Averted by MatthewReilly.Creator/MatthewReilly. When Renshaw fires a rocket in a hovercraft, the backblast destroys the windows behind him.
13th Feb '17 9:00:24 PM Kotomikun
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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', the "Great Wolf's Rocket Launcher" gives you a special "Fire Rocket" combat ability. This does quite a lot of damage, but also hits you for about 1/3rd of your HP, because "the rocket part of the rocket burned your face pretty badly on its way out."
8th Jan '17 1:08:10 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in the first issue of ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider destroys his local bar with an RPG, then complains bitterly about how cold the inside of his car is since crude rocketry took out the passenger side window.

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* Averted in the first issue of ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider destroys his local bar with an RPG, then complains bitterly about how cold the inside of his car is since crude rocketry took out the passenger side window.
24th Dec '16 3:33:32 AM Kadorhal
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* Much later, in the 1980s, the West German Bundeswehr's ''Armbrust'' ("Crossbow") shoulder-fired anti-tank rocket launcher solved the backblast problem by a method similar to the Davis Gun, except that its "counter-shot" was a mass of plastic chips ejected at much higher velocity than the rocket, which worked otherwise like the Russian RPG-7 (launched by a recoilless charge, then igniting its own solid rocket motor a safe distance from the launcher). The plastic chips mainly came out as plastic ''dust'', very much like the exhaust from a sandblaster, which lost speed and damaging capability after about 1-2 meters of travel. You ''still'' didn't want to stand right behind the Armbrust when it fired, but it was specifically designed to be fired from inside a building or other cover without injuring or killing the crew with backblast in the confined space.
** Bundeswehr doesn't actually use Armbrust, which is mainly an export weapon, but its somewhat larger and heavier cousin, imaginatively named ''Panzerfaust 3'', though it still uses the same "countermass" principle.
* One of the more extreme examples of "backblast" is the NATO Milan infantry anti-tank guided weapon. Similar in many ways to the American TOW (tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided)anti-tank missile, Milan is delivered as a certified round sealed in its own launching tube. When it is fired, as can be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmRfe09g9JM seen here]], not only does the missile leave the launcher going toward the target, ''the launch tube is ejected at high speed in the opposite direction''. This makes reloading very rapid, but also demands a certain amount of care in positioning the launcher in, say, a dugout.

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* Much later, in the 1980s, the West German Bundeswehr's ''Armbrust'' ("Crossbow") Panzerfaust 3 shoulder-fired anti-tank rocket launcher launcher, as well as its slightly smaller export version, the Armbrust ("Crossbow"), solved the backblast problem by a method similar to the Davis Gun, except that its "counter-shot" was a mass of plastic chips ejected at much higher velocity than the rocket, which worked otherwise like the Russian RPG-7 (launched by a recoilless charge, then igniting its own solid rocket motor a safe distance from the launcher). The plastic chips mainly came out as plastic ''dust'', very much like the exhaust from a sandblaster, which lost speed and damaging capability after about 1-2 meters of travel. You ''still'' didn't want to stand right behind the Armbrust when it fired, but it was specifically designed to be fired from inside a building or other cover without injuring or killing the crew with backblast in the confined space.
** Bundeswehr doesn't actually use Armbrust, which is mainly an export weapon, but its somewhat larger and heavier cousin, imaginatively named ''Panzerfaust 3'', though it still uses the same "countermass" principle.
* One of the more extreme examples of "backblast" is the NATO Milan infantry anti-tank guided weapon. Similar in many ways to the American TOW (tube-launched, (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided)anti-tank Wire-guided) anti-tank missile, Milan is delivered as a certified round sealed in its own launching tube. When it is fired, as can be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmRfe09g9JM seen here]], not only does the missile leave the launcher going toward the target, ''the launch tube is ejected at high speed in the opposite direction''. This makes reloading very rapid, but also demands a certain amount of care in positioning the launcher in, say, a dugout.



** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. Nevertheless, the Germans were aware enough to inscribe a warning at the rear end of the launcher ("Achtung! Feuerstrahl!")[[note]]literally, "Beware! Fire Jet!" in German)[[/note]] to admonish its users. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]] killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.

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** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. Nevertheless, the Germans were aware enough to inscribe a warning at the rear end of the launcher ("Achtung! Feuerstrahl!")[[note]]literally, "Beware! Fire Jet!" in German)[[/note]] to admonish its users. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]] use (since they couldn't read the German warning on the tube) killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.
26th Nov '16 10:53:56 AM Sar-Chasm
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* In a real-life, partial subversion, the United States' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FGM-148_Javelin FGM-148 Javelin]] was specifically designed to be fire-able from inside enclosed spaces, and is the only US item in the inventory certified to do so. The backblast itself however is still very dangerous, and the area behind the shooter should be clear of personnel and equipment before firing.

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* In a real-life, partial subversion, the The United States' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FGM-148_Javelin FGM-148 Javelin]] was specifically designed to be fire-able from inside enclosed spaces, and is the only US item in the inventory certified to do so. The backblast itself however is still very dangerous, and the area behind the shooter should be clear of personnel and equipment before firing.
30th Oct '16 10:16:37 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Rifts}}'' partially averts this. A particular heavy missile launcher is specifically stated to inflict damage to not only anyone standing close behind the firer, but the firer themself if they're not wearing armor. In fact, the backblast will destroy the launcher, which is in of itself a disposable weapon.
* Rocket launchers in ''{{GURPS}}'' create a fairly dangerous backblast when fired. If you use a reactionless missile however, there is no backblast, thanks to superscience.

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* ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' partially averts this. A particular heavy missile launcher is specifically stated to inflict damage to not only anyone standing close behind the firer, but the firer themself if they're not wearing armor. In fact, the backblast will destroy the launcher, which is in of itself a disposable weapon.
* Rocket launchers in ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' create a fairly dangerous backblast when fired. If you use a reactionless missile however, there is no backblast, thanks to superscience.
17th Oct '16 10:54:31 AM WillKeaton
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** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. Nevertheless, the Germans were aware enough to inscribe a warning at the rear end of the launcher ("Achtung! Feuerstrahl!"[[note]]literally, "Beware! Fire Jet!" in German)[[/note]] to admonish its users. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]] killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.

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** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. Nevertheless, the Germans were aware enough to inscribe a warning at the rear end of the launcher ("Achtung! Feuerstrahl!"[[note]]literally, Feuerstrahl!")[[note]]literally, "Beware! Fire Jet!" in German)[[/note]] to admonish its users. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]] killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.
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