Nothing strives for stimulation in creativity of inventors more than warfare, or the threat of war. Not only because of the need of defense, but also the amount lucrative business behind war. Internet, GPS navigation, radar, rockets, and nuclear energy all trace their origins to military applications. Most of the weapons of war carried on through the changing of times, but there are some forgotten mechanics that were used to intimidate and destroy the enemy. Here are the strangest weapons of war.
Hitlers invasion of the Soviet Union during WWII left the Russians scrambling to repel the German armored columns slicing their way across the open steppes. the russians came up with one unique solution: starve dogs, then train them to search for food underneath enemy tanks. Explosive-laden packs strapped to the dogs would explode when the animal was in position under the advancing tank. Because of the secrecy of Russia at the time, the number of dogs killed was unsure. It;s worth noting that America also experimented with explosive-laden dogs, dubbed “demolition wolves“, during World War II, before abandoning the program. Enemies in Iraq in 2005 tried to use suicide dogs against America, but there were no reports of these attacks destroy any tanks or other armored vehicles.
Pots of Venomous Snakes
Just about almost every single country has signed a treaty banning the use of biological warfare has a long and deadly history. One of the first uses of bio-weapons, and certainly one of the most innovative, was developed by the great general Hannibal. Hannibal ordered his troops to hurl clay pots filled with deadly snakes onto the decks of the enemy ships. The surprised sailors were forced to fend off the attack as well as venomous snakes. Hannibal’s troops won the battle.
The idea of using these flying mammals as weapons was proposed by America dentist Lytle S. Adams during World War II. Thousands of bats were strapped with small explosives and dropped from planes in bomb-shaped canisters, which would then deploy tiny parachutes. That bats would come out and then take shelter in Japanese factories, warehouses, and other buildings, where they would hang until their explosives detonated. Tests showed the bats to be less than reliable and the program, dubbed Project X-Ray, was scrapped.
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