Unusual weapons of the past

People are creative and resourceful creatures. True, often these creative qualities are directed towards the destruction of their own kind. Throughout the history of mankind, people invented new ways to eliminate their own kind. And some of the weapons, it is worth saying, turned out to be very unordinary.


1. “Sticky Bomb”

The “sticky bomb” was exactly what it sounded-an exploding device covered with sticky stuff. These bombs developed by Great Britain during the Second World War had to stick to enemy tanks and blow them up. But the British did not consider one thing – the fact that tanks are usually covered with mud or land, to which the explosive simply did not stick.

2. “Emetic ray”

The LED incubator (also known as the emetic ray) “shoots” a bunch of LED lights to cause the target headache and disorient it so that the victim will vomit and, possibly, an attack of epilepsy. The development cost 800 000 dollars and on the basis of the tests showed satisfactory results.

3. FP45 Liberator

The French Resistance during the Second World War received a batch of weapons from the United States to fight the Nazis. All would be well, except that the pistols were simply awful. The FP45 Liberator was designed to become the most cheap and massive weapon, and it worked according to its price. The maximum range of fire was 7 meters, and accuracy … it was easier for them to hit the target, throwing a pistol into it. Also, the pistol was single-charged.

4. The corpse

Apparently, corpses can influence the course of the battle … at least they could do it during World War II. The body of the homeless Welshman named Glindover Michael, who committed suicide, was used to deliver false information to the Germans. The body was dressed in an officer’s uniform and thrown into the sea with false documents under him and photographs of a fake family. Strangely enough, it worked, and the Germans moved the troops on the basis of information found on the body.

5. Tauchpanzer Tanks

The Tauchpanzer tanks were created by the Nazis to invade the UK. The idea was that the tanks would pass through the sea. Through the English Channel with a width of 240 kilometers along the bottom … tanks had to pass through. More than 200 cars were “waterproofed” with a sealant, and long hoses were added for breathing. Interestingly, this could work if the seabed were level and firm. Firstly, the tanks could not pass through the rocks at the bottom. And secondly, as soon as the tanks stopped, they immediately got stuck in the sand.

6. Flamethrower Grossflammenwerfer

It is trials and errors that help to reach new heights. Apparently, flamethrowers were no exception. During the First World War, the German army received the Grossflammenwerfer – a flamethrower, which had to be carried to at least two people. In addition to its size, the design was extremely unsuccessful and exploded “from the slightest sneeze.”

7. Apache pistol

In the Apache pistol, manufactured in the United States in 1880, the engineers tried to combine a revolver, a knife and a brass knuckle. Separately, these weapons were very useful, but when combined, the design turned out to be unusable. The knife was badly fixed and “walked in the sides,” and the revolver was extremely inaccurate. Unless the brass knuckler “worked” normally, apart from the fact that it was difficult not to shoot yourself when you hit, given that the trigger was not protected.

8. Rifle Krummlauf

The rifle Krummlauf had a long trunk, bent at an angle of 30 – 45 degrees. It was designed by the Nazis to fire from cover and from around the corner.

9. “Monitor Novgorod”

Russia made a round warship called the Monitor Novgorod for use during the Russo-Turkish War. The ship was equipped with two huge guns, mounted at the top, which could rotate and shoot. The problem was that the ship was so small that the impact on the shot made the ship uncontrollable.

10. Nuka Launcher – a hand-held nuclear warhead

Nuka Launcher is not a weapon from Fallout, it’s a real project. In someone’s “bright head” came the idea that it would be nice to have a hand weapon that shoots nuclear warheads. The maximum range of the M65 Davy Crockett, which was mounted on a tripod and was serviced by three people, was 4 kilometers.

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