25 Most Outrageous Military Weapons Ever Conceived

Although not all of these weapons saw real combat, they were all researched, developed, and prototyped. While some were just bad ideas to start with, others were (and still are) actually quite genius. These are 25 most outrageous military weapons ever conceived!

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Exploding Rats

Exploding Rats

These bad boys were used by British secret agents during World War II.

24

Anti Tank Dogs

Anti Tank Dogs

While struggling on the Eastern Front of World War II the Red Army eventually came to rely on dogs strapped with explosives to deal with enemy tanks. And yes, the dogs were on a one-way journey.

23

Ice Ships

Ice Ships

During World War II the allies were running a little short on supplies so when it came to building new aircraft carriers they were open to ideas. One genius proposed the use of pykrete (basically wood pulp and ice). Guess if it worked?

22

Coal Torpedo

Coal Torpedo

The name basically sums it up. It’s coal and it’s a bomb. During the American Civil War the Confederates would smuggle these onboard Union vessels. As soon as the sailors stoke the furnace…sayonara!

21

Flying Aircraft Carriers

Flying Aircraft Carriers

Although admittedly a better sounding idea than the whole “melting aircraft carriers made of ice” thing, the implementation of the idea is, well, still up in the air.

20

Harmonica Pistol

Harmonica Pistol

Invented by the French, this strange looking pistol was used during the Civil War as an early version of the multi-shot pistol. Despite appearances it had no musical functionality.

19

Corkscrew Tank

Corkscrew Tank

Drinking whiskey and making tanks…two popular Soviet past times. With the corkscrew tank they definitely didn’t disappoint. At least not on ice, snow, or water. Driving this thing on regular terrain though proved to be a little complicated.

18

Fire Balloons

Fire Balloons

During World War II the Japanese set 9,000 balloons adrift over the Pacific. Each balloon was rigged with explosives that were meant to explode once the balloon popped over the United States. Ironically more of the balloons ended up popping over Japan than anywhere else.

17

The Heat Ray

The Heat Ray

In 2010 the US military created a heat ray called the Active Denial System. Development was discontinued, however, allegedly because they decided that simply giving the enemy a sunburn wasn’t the best route for national defense.

16

Flaming Pigs

Flaming Pigs

In the days of the Persian Empire war elephants were the kings of the battlefield. The greco/roman response? Letting loose flaming pigs! Apparently the squeals and chaos created by the toasty bacon bombs was enough to scare and incapacitate the elephant army.

15

Bat Bomb

Bat Bomb

As you can see, animals have a long history of suicidal bomb carrying. Proposed to the White House by an oral surgeon, President Roosevelt loved the idea of dropping bat bombs on the Nazis. Testing ensued but by the time the bats were ready, the atomic bombs were ready too. You know the rest of the story.

14

Russian Czar Tank

Russian Czar Tank

Basically the weaponized equivalent of those fancy old bikes with huge wheels, the Russians failed to realize one thing…big wheels make big targets.

13

The Puke Ray

The Puke Ray

Developed by the US military as a humane weapon, this pulsing flashlight would induce nausea in its victims. The only problem? Actually convincing your enemies to look into the flashlight’s beam. Not surprisingly development was eventually abandoned.

12

Nazi Jet Copter

Nazi Jet Copter

Although the Nazi’s did successfully manage to create one of the world’s first functioning helicopters, they got a bit greedy when they decided to add jet engines into the mix. The result of their eagerness can best be described as “explosive”.

11

The Wind Cannon

The Wind Cannon

Being the masters of creative destruction that they were, the Nazis thought it would be a good idea to shoot Allied planes out of the sky using an oversized air cannon. It was a memorable failure.

10

The Ball Tank

The Ball Tank

Looking like something straight out of science fiction, the idea was pursued by several governments, especially during the course of World War II. There was one huge hurdle to overcome though…actually seeing where you’re going!

9

Bee Bombs

Bee Bombs

Never actually put into development, the US military had tossed around the idea of spraying enemy troops with bee pheromones and then hiding a bunch of beehives in the combat area.

8

Bad Breath Bombs

Bad Breath Bombs

Yet another glorious proposal, the idea is straightforward – a chemical weapon that would give the enemy bad breath.

7

Killer Dolphins

Killer Dolphins

Both Russia and the United States have been known to train dolphins for tactical underwater missions. It might come as a surprise, however, as to how serious this whole “killer dolphin” thing actually is. Russia recently sold several of its dolphin assassins to Iran.

6

Project Pigeon

Project Pigeon

Seriously, enough with the animal bombs already. No? There’s more? Apparently during World War II American scientists had attempted to use pigeon guided bombs. The project was eventually scrapped.

5

The Canon Scooter

The Canon Scooter

Developed by the French for using during the World War, this crazy contraption was one of the few items on this list that actually saw some success.

4

Cat Crazy

Cat Crazy

Ok, we promise, this is seriously the last animal. When the Persians realized that the Egyptians were in love with their cats, they rounded up as many as they could and set them loose on the battlefield. The Egyptians were incapable of continuing the fight.

3

Mind Control Gun

Mind Control Gun

Putin recently acknowledged that the Russian military has been developing a weapon intended to put people into a zombie like trance. The Zombocalypse is coming…from Russia.

2

Speech Suppressing Gun

Speech Suppressing Gun

Developed by Japanese scientists this gun basically records whatever you are saying and then plays it back to you with a .2 second delay. If you have ever tried talking to someone on the phone while you can hear your own voice echoing then you know exactly how hard it can be to say anything.

1

Self-Guided Bullet

Self Guided Bullet

Developed for US military and law enforcement, this bullet does exactly what it sounds like it does…it hits its target. Every time.



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