The history of wars is full of strange and bizarre weapons. It isn’t just the World War 1 or 2 that we are talking about, though they did see some major innovations.
We will check out five innovative yet weird weapons that were once developed to wreak havoc in the heart of the enemies!
1. The Man Catcher
Don’t confuse this medieval weapon for the name of a movie- it was one of the most efficient ways to catch men or high-ranking nobles to be precise. A long wooden pole was installed with internal spikes to create this non-fatal device which was even used to restrain violent criminals in prison till 18th Century.
The weapon has gone modern transformations like the Japanese sasumata which pads to make for a gentler version. It is used by the riot police to control large crowds.
2. The Bat Bomb
The US military planned to use this innovative bomb Japanese cities during World War II. The plan involved filling a large metal bomb with 1,000 Mexican free-tailed bats who have small bombs tied on their bodies.
The bats would land in Japanese cities and make homes in peoples attics. Eventually, the bombs would explode starting a raging fire in the cities- that was the plan.
But the move was cancelled as the bats ended up blowing up a fuel tank and destroying most of the test range.
3. Lipstick Gun
This would have been the perfect weapon for the female version of James Bond! The KGB created the innovative gun during the Cold War and looked just like a lipstick. The only difference was that it could fire 4.5mm single shots instead of colouring your lips.
The weapon was first discovered in 1965 during a check at West Berlin post and has made its way to the Spy Museum in Washington D.C. The gun could fire six rounds, deadly enough to be used in stealth and spy missions.
4. Dead Bodies
You can find several examples of using disease-ridden corpses in wars to contaminate enemy soldiers and cities. The Mongols had used the tactic for hundreds of years along with the Hussites and the British Army.
The Black Death of Europe in the 14th Century which wiped out one-third of the population is said to be a result of such warfare. The same method was also used in The Hundred Years War between France and England, replacing dead bodies with dead animals.
Even the Russians used plague-infected corpses against Sweden in Estonia as late as the 17th Century.
5. Project Blue Peacock
The British Army hatched a ploy to stop the Soviets during the end of World War II with nuclear landmines. The only catch was that there had to be something to keep the mines warm until they were made to explode.
The British planned to use the collective warmth of chickens to keep the mines stable till they were exploded. But the plan never took off!