Here’s a question I’ve wondered about since I was watching WWII movies as a young shaver. Very often in the movies, when the sub fires a torpedo at the enemy, the firing person (don’t know the proper title of him, sorry), when the Captain of the boat says “Fire” will reply something like “One fired electrically!”
My question is why do they say this?
I assume that electrical firing of the torpedoes is the way they are triggered, but since electrically is specified, I wonder is there another way? Else, why specify this?
I assume that there may be some other way to set the rascal off, but do not know what it might be. I am thinking that perhaps I assume too much; maybe I’m overthinking this.
Is it just Hollywood, or is this what real submariners said in WWII? And why?