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I always wondered how bombs could possibly withstand the tremendous impact of hitting the ground at such a high speed and/or altitude and still work. Like the Tallboy earthquake bomb. It's designed to penetrate deep into the earth before exploding, which fair enough, dirt is soft, but the fact that these were used against submarine pens, which meant that it had to punch its way through all that reinforced concrete and still explode. It reaches near Mach 1 speed by the time it reaches its target! How does it not just pop like a balloon and scatter its exposive contents all over the impact area?

 

I get that it works, I just wonder how it works. And if there are instances where these delayed bombs actually do crack open like an egg against certain hardened materials. 

 

Like doesn't the detonation mechanisms just get flattened from the deceleration? 

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