The battlefields of history are littered with many a varied weapon. There are the implements of war we know well, like swords, spears, rifles, cannons, and on and on. It is a long list one needs indeed when dealing with “conventional” weapons – we have spent a lot of time over the years killing each other! But, most historical weapons are creative and bizarre. Then there are some weapons we know a little bit less about. Some of them fell into obscurity because they were simply superseded by better developments, such as the matchlock making way for the flintlock making way for the rifle.
Here are some historical weapons that will boggle your mind!
15.) Bat Bomb
The United States dappled in the idea of creating a bat bomb during World War II. There was a giant case that was filled with 1,000 compartments had bats with small bombs attached to them.
The whole idea was to have the bomb drop with a parachute. The bats would be released and go on top of people’s homes. Then, the bomb would go off!
14.) The Paris Gun
The Paris Gun was created and used by the German army against the French in World War I. The gun shells were the first human-made objects that could reach the Earth’s surface.
Unfortunately, it had bad aim. It was mostly used to as affect the minds of the French army.
13.) Bouncing Bomb
This bomb weighed over 9,000 pounds. The Nazis planes dropped the bomb into the water.
It would then bounce along the water’s surface until it found a submarine. Eventually, the bomb would sink and explode!
12.) Greek Fire
Academic scholars are not sure if this weapon existed. If so, why has it been so hard to reproduce in modern times? If indeed this offensive weapon existed, it was essentially Napalm, albeit created several thousand years before that little doozy.
Greek Fire was a fluid that burst into flame when it came in contact with water. That means that used against enemy ships, you could set them ablaze with a substance they had no way to put out! Not bad, Ancient Greece. Not bad.
This historical weapon was utilized the most by the India Rajput clan. It was a unique design that had two large blades on both sides of the handle, which made it easier for stabbing people.
Some haladies had spikes on the handle so it could hurt the enemy even more.
The Urumi was a cross between a whip and swords. There were flexible metals that that sharp edges all around the weapon. This allowed the weapon to be wrapped around an arm or waist when it was not being used.
It was proven to be highly effective because it could go around shields. The downside of this weapon is that it took years of training.
The torpedo boat was a most more effective way to attack enemy boats.
The naval commanders would use a rocket to fire towards the enemy. It stabilizers made sure the ships and firing stayed on course.
The atlatl was a spear and dart who would throw a device. It was made of flexible wood that has a tube cut to have the dart in there.
It would help people through human at a high speeder and for a long distance.
7.) The Claw of Archimedes
This was a naval weapon that was created in Ancient Greece. It was used to defend against the Romans. Ancient Greeks thought it would be a good idea to build a crane hook that could lift the enemy ships out of the way.
And then eventually tip the ship, or drop them completely!
6.) Chu No Ku
The weapon is also known as the machine gun crossbow of death! Some of that name may be made up, but the fact is that this weapon was essentially an early automatic (or rather semi-automatic) weapon. It was similar to the crossbow in wide use across Europe, Asia and beyond for much of the Medieval period, with the noted addition of a primitive magazine mounted atop it that held ten bolts (the crossbow’s arrow) at the ready.
These bolts would load automatically each time the bowstring was hauled back into firing position, letting a skilled warrior fire all of his shots in well under a minute, a great rate of fire for the day. (The fact that said bolts had pretty terrible range and accuracy kept this one from the top spot.)
5.) Nest of Bees
This hexagonal device was loaded with around a dozen arrows, which, when lit with black power, were rocket propelled into oncoming enemies. Often employed during the Ming dynasty of China, the nest of bees would be loaded with armor piercing metal arrows, and even flaming, poison-tipped or explosive arrows.
It was said that the nest of bees could shoot arrows up to five football fields in length. The drawback? It was awkward to hold and heavy. This meant it was often used as more of an artillery weapon than a handheld armament for a foot-soldier.
4.) Kiss of Death
During the Cold War area, the Russians invented lipstick gun.
It would be able to shoot only one bullet from a tube of lipstick!
3.) Turtle Submarine
This historical weapon is impressive not only because it required steel in the nerves (and elsewhere) of the operator, but also because it almost worked! The Turtle was the world’s first offensive submersible, and it was pretty much just a floating barrel big enough for a guy to climb inside and propel along with a propeller attached to pedals.
The idea was to pedal up to a British warship, drill a hole into the hull and mount an explosive to it, and then pedal away. Which is exactly what was attempted several times, though never with success (due to tides, failed charges, and some sinking issues).
2) Whirlwind Cannon
During World War II, this cannon was utilized by the Nazi Party. The idea was to create a powerful vortex of pressurized air that would spiral upward like some sneeze of the gods (we’re guessing here) but instead it proved a colossal failure, wasting time, effort, materials, and money.
Which was just great news for everyone else.
1.) Gun Shield
It is the only weapon we know of that is totally caught between offense and defense. This weapon is just what it sounds like: it consisted of a primitive pistol mounted in the center of a metal shield. One known design of this armament dates to the 1540s, and perhaps not surprisingly it was never in wide use.
In fact, it was likely never used at all, and that likely because it is a terrible idea.
Wow, it was great to go back in history for a bit and see what the most historical weapons were! If you want to see more about history, click the next button!