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!
These bad boys were used by British secret agents during World War II.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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!
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.
Bad Breath Bombs
Yet another glorious proposal, the idea is straightforward – a chemical weapon that would give the enemy bad breath.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Developed for US military and law enforcement, this bullet does exactly what it sounds like it does…it hits its target. Every time.