But why use a giant hammer ?
Indeed, the attackers used essentially cunning, deception, treachery and surprise.
The attackers had no need for firearms or giant hammers....
You probably know by now that I support my TOKEB theory, which is also inspired by Vietnamka
(Murder Indead - Reply #61).https://forum.dyatlovpass.com/index.php?topic=110.msg3058#msg3058
Citation : «.......But the main question of why the victims were not simply shot ?
the victims were injured with one blow. Simply and effectively.....»
- Rather a first decisive blow by surprise and treachery, followed by a large number of other blows if necessary. - «......But the main question of why the victims were not simply shot
the simplest answer is - attackers didnt have [fire]weapons.
[Fire] weapons were strictly prohibited in USSR except for hunting weapons. If it is correct assumption, we can exclude some categories of people attacker did not belong :
1) sololders (army, KGB)
I have made numerous (rather several) attempts, trial runs and tests of hitting with blunt objects : maple branches of different dimensions, and reshaped with an axe.
As I still do not have any human or large mammal skulls boxes at my disposal, I hit old furniture out of order, to break them into small pieces.
And here is the most significant result of my tests: The main weapons of the 3 attackers looked like this picture :
Thus, the blunt objects used by the attackers were lighter and more easily transported than the giant hammer that appears on the web page of Dmitry Kireev.
I started by reasoning on a geometric cylinder made of wood.
Da: Diameter = 7 centimeters.
L: Length = 1 meter = 100 centimeters.
d: Density of wood = 0.6 (approximately) for birch or cedar (Pinus sibirica).
The theoretical weight of such a cylinder in these wood is therefore : 2309.07 grams
(pi/4) * Da² * L * d = 2309.07 grams2309.07 grams
But, to be able to hit hard (with one or two hands) a good grip is essential.
It is necessary to reshape the branch of birch or cedar of 1 meter long, in order to obtain a diameter Df included between 30 to 50 mm
on a part of its length, according to the manufacturers of handles of sleghammer and knocker felling axe.
("Cylindrical grasp" case on the schematic below).
Personally, I am 1.75 meters tall, and in the case of cylindrical tool handles, the diameter Df = 35 millimeter suits me best.
The blunt objects carried and used by the attackers were not perfect cylinders, but had a part reshaped to have the diameter Df = appromatively about 35 millimeters, allowing a good grip.
As a result, in the framework of my theory TOKEB it is rational to estimate that : the blunt objects (big stick, baton, club...) used by the attackers had a weight of 2 kilograms.
Let's compare the blunt objects carried and used by the attackers : length 100 cm and weight = 2 kiloggrams
with a PPSh-41 with its 35-round magazine: length 84 cm and weight = 4.3 kilograms.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PPSh-41
The big stick shots are silent, which allows, at least at the beginning, to fully play the treachery and the surprise to the advantage of the attackers.
On the contrary, at the first shot heard, and if it is not mistaken for the sound of a firecracker announcing joyful festivities,the deadly situation becomes clear
and the merciless fight starts instantly.
(And then possibility for the hikers to organize instanly their counter attack).
But the great advantage of these reshaped "piece of wood" is that it will go unnoticed during an unannounced check by the Soviet police or by the KGB, while this is not the case for a PPSh-41 or for any other firearm.Fireweapons and ammunition were strictly prohibited in USSR except for the hunters who were, themselves, tightly supervised.