We Fired a Civil War Mortar at a Caravan | Featuring Tom Scott

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English Heritage : Although it may seem that this caravan was mighty enough to survive a direct hit from a shell fired from Roaring Meg (we're referring to the shells bouncing off the side), what we didn't include in this video is the footage of the shells bouncing off the ground before hitting the side of the caravan. Sorry if this was misleading! If you'd like to see this footage, let us know by liking this comment. It may have also looked like we destroyed a perfectly good caravan, what this video doesn't show is that this poor old vehicle was actually on it's last legs and was filled with damp and mold. She's in a better place now.

Wanda Pease : Let’s face it. The caravan won, you were just determined to blow something up.

MRKapcer13 : Haha until Tom mentioned it I hadn't realised that a caravan really is the British standard for destruction. Brainiac, Top Gear - all sorts of quintessentially British shows blowing up poor unexpecting caravans.

Tristan Morrow : Ah, _that_ civil war.

Nik F : Tom Scott: Helping Jeremy Clarkson's crusade to blow up caravans since 2018

Janne Aalto : I almost fell off my chair laughing when I saw how the mortar balls bounced off the side :D

Adam Mullarkey : I feel like an idiot.So, I was going to write a comment about how I was expecting it to be about the American civil war, and was thus surprised when Tom started the intro by talking about English heritage. So, I scrolled down, clicked on the comment box, and was about to start typing when I saw the name of the channel. The worst bit? I'm EnglishI guess I'm just used to the internet being all about America.

Jim Fortune : The old mortars were really designed for area bombardment. What you needed was a field full of caravans.

Ming Xiang : world of tanks should have the model of the caravan. it has amazing side armor stats, bounces round after round of mortar fire, way better then the maus super heavy tank. the caravan is super OP

nekomatafuyu : Watching that, all I could think was "Tom Scott auditions for Top Gear" :)

Mitchrils : English Heritage AND Tom Scott! That’s got my interest.

Nails Chrysanthemum : My parents crammed our family into a similar type of caravan and we traveled America for 3 weeks. This is to say -- thanks for blowing one up!

bellisperennis42 : @English Heritage: Thank you for this video, I enjoyed the information, the action & the determination to hit your target :-D But I miss the promised seamless montage of the cannonball being shot + hit the target + explode :'-(

currymonster 65 : Not just top gear who hates caravans

Erin Lee : I see Tom Scott, I click on the video. Never thought I’d see Tom on this channel. I never thought I’d need this in my life until I watched the video. Well done!👍👍👍

RiccoKane : Fires it at 3:10 in slow mo. Starts firing it again for real at 4:44. Final shot at 6:02. Mortar Charge a 6:33.

Lar In Vermont : What did that poor caravan ever do to you?

penguasakucing : That is a very crude-looking mortar. The bore doesnt look perfectly circular, and the barrel wall are thicker in some side and thinner in others. Is it deliberate because the original mortar was casted that way?

Altoclarinets : Reminiscent of the "shelling a crab" joke from the Yorkshire Scouts episode of Citation Needed


QuincelSC : I came for the Tom Scott, but I stayed for the really interesting video. Thanks English Heritage!

Trenton Quarantino : It reminds me of an episode of Top Gear.

John E : I hope you removed the toilet-waste tank from the caravan first.


MrGregorychant : Tom Scott, mortar firing at a caravan and Ratatat music in the background makes for a great video.

ecoomber : Tom Scott is an excellent presenter.

Touno : The music at the beginning of the video is by Ratatat and is called Loud Pipes.

AryanEgg : Should have blown up an invader caravan.

Arda Drawing : Tom Scott? English Heritage? Together? THIS MUST BE HEAVEN

3 Toe Pete : Oh, "English Civil War", got confused for a moment.

Mattias Bengtsson : So, I subscribed to this channel yesterday, and the next day, you put up a video with one of my favourite YouTubers. The best kind of coincidence.

ancilodon : Lower the volume on the background music. Or raise the volume on the commentary.

Laminated Samurai : I just came here for the caravan to be blown up. Learned some cool history in the meantime. And, let's face it, Tom tells a good story. Was not disappointed in any way. ^_^

Zoes Dada : Oh you mean civil war as in English civil war. Not war between the States war.

TorrentKatten : GoPro, mortar and explosion survival. Checked!

Kilikus : 4:54 Someone commission that vessel into the United States Navy immediately.

Fat Man : Tom Scott AND English Heritage combined? I'm in heaven.

danner253 : Oh my god, what a cross over!

HansDelbruck53 : In America, that's a camper.

William Timmons : fake civil war

james0611847 : They were promptly arressted for possessing something resembling a firemarm.

Veni_Vidi_Vortice : Best enjoyed while drinking a bottle of Roaring Meg wine from Central Otago in New Zealand.

Monty Python the Flying Circus : Those ex Top Gear (now The Grand Tour) lads of Clarkson, Hammond and May would be laughing so much watching the way that caravan got destroyed..... and 6:35 as Clarkson would say “1 times caravan destroyed....”

Dani Cox : I did not look at the name of the channel when I clicked on this video, and as an American I was very confused for a second picturing something else as the Civil War. Not disappointed though. Also as an American, I'm always down to see something get blown up.

Dee-Anne Gordon : Explosions and Tom Scott! Perfect.

teslaTrooper : Leaning into a cannon to light the fuse? All you need is a battery and some nichrome wire to light it remotely. Dealing with the shrapnel would have been a bigger problem though.

Laura Metheny : So cool....tho I wish I could have had that there super caravan! Thankyou.😂😈🇬🇧

JustCoNa : i hope the caravan is okay xox

Ferrariman601 : Holy mother of collateral damage!

joshua43214 : Morale of the story is, the best place to weather a siege is in an English caravan. I know when I am going to get before the zombie apocalypse...