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Song Parodies -> "Raumer-130 Ton Minesweeper"

Original Song Title:

"Flipper TV Show Theme Song"

Original Performer:

Unknown

Parody Song Title:

"Raumer-130 Ton Minesweeper"

Parody Written by:

Robert D. Arndt Jr.

The Lyrics

Not satisfied with the early 1939-1940 Borgward B-series remote-controlled mine-clearing vehicles (SdKfz 300) of lightweight construction as expendable, by 1944 Krupp had built a Reisen (Giant) Minenraumer (mine-clearer) of 130 tons which became known as the Krupp Schweres Minenraumfahrzeug (Heavy Mine-Clearer) or simply the shortened Raumer-S. The Raumer-S was supported by 2.7 meter (almost 9 ft) diameter steel wheels and divided into two steerable sections each driven by a 360 hp @ 3600 rpm Maybach HL-90 engine. The monstrous vehicle pivoted in the middle in order to keep the Raumer-S sections turning a circle a reasonable distance while it also had the ability to reverse back through a minefield without actually having to turn around! The front and rear wheels were spaced differently to create a wider sweep area as well. Krupp designed the massive vehicle with high ground clearance and tremendous ground pressure to detonate the mines without causing any damage to the vehicle or harming the drivers in the two opposite facing armored cabins. Although the prototype lacked defensive armament, two 7.92mm MG-42s were envisioned for the cabins fore and aft as well as a single 7.92mm MG-42 roof-mount for AA defense in the future. At 130 tons, this was the second heaviest German vehicle of World War II after the 188 ton Maus tank. The Raumer-S was captured intact by the U.S. Army at the end of the war. What happened to it remains a mystery; however, there was no other minesweeper in the world like it.
Every soldier hates running into a minefield,
ever so cautious and gentle is he,
inching forward slowly, feet-by-feet
yet Krupp built a minesweeper that just can’t be beat!

They call it Raumer, Raumer, 130 ton minesweeper,
9 ft lead-reinforced steel tires, thick armor resistant to infantry fire
and we know the Raumer, has tremendous ground pressure,
rolling over minefields, impervious to… whatever!

Be aware of the warning signs of DANGER!!! as they appear,
but you can be sure, that when the Raumer is near,
it will simply crush the explosions, one after the next
destroying hundreds of mines without any effect!

We know the Raumer, Raumer, is the best answer,
it has to be, better than clearing mines with German infantry,
and we know the Raumer, is another German wonder,
rolling over mines, with total immunity!

What an awesome sight, anytime it appears,
it eliminates soldier fears, any minefield the Raumer clears,
Amazing sight to see when it comes along,
this twin Maybach HL-90 engine pivoting beast is so strong!

They call it Raumer, Raumer, 130 ton minesweeper,
9 ft lead-reinforced tires, thick armor resistant to infantry fire
and we know the Raumer, has tremendous ground pressure,
rolling over minefields, impervious to… whatever!




A pic of the beast: http://ww2history.ru/uploads/2008/1288780783_14-340.jpg

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Patrick - May 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I'll have to look up a photo of this one. You have been a great source of knowledge on the Third Reich.
Rob Arndt - May 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I included a pic in the bottom comments: http://ww2history.ru/uploads/2008/1288780783_14-340.jpg

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