As if bombs and guns weren’t already reliable ways to kill, the inventors of these top 10 dumbest weapons have found imaginative new ways to try and put the smack down on their enemies. From the Nazi WindKanone, which tried to blow away the competition, to the American army’s new toy, the puke ray. Click here to discover the top 10 dumbest weapons ever created.
#10 : Fire Balloons
The fire balloons were incendiary bombs attached to giant hydrogen balloons.Developed during Word War II by the Japanese,the balloons were intended to be a cheap way of dropping bombs over America and Canada.9,300 of these balloons were launched, but the unreliable wind direction meant that only 357 reached their targets and many of them failed to detonate. 2 even landed back in Japan !
#9 : The “”Sticky”” Bomb
The ‘Sticky Bomb’ was a glue-coated grenade developed by the British during World War II to combat enemy tanks.
Initially rejected by the army, then Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered them into production. Eventually 2.5 million were made.
#8 : Novgorod
The Novgorod was one of two circular warships created by Imperial Russia and used for coastal warfare in the Russo-Turkish War. Armed with inbuilt 26-ton (23.5 metric ton) guns mounted on revolving turntables, when one of the guns was fired, the recoil would cause the ship to spin completely out of control.
Far from streamlined, the shape of the ship left crew members powerless against the ocean. During trial cruises one ship got caught up in a strong current and was whirled around helplessly, leaving the entire crew ill.
#7 : Wind Cannon
The wind cannon was a 35-foot (10-meter) long cannon devised by the Nazis that essentially shot a gust of wind at enemy targets.
In tests, the compressed air mixture of ammonia and hydrogen was shown to be powerful enough to break a wooden board an inch (2.5cm) thick, from a distance of 656ft (200m). However,the Nazis weren’t fighting static boards of wood and in real-life combat, the wind cannon failed to disturb even low flying aircraft.
Relegated to use on the battlefield, the wind cannon still failed to yield results, but its length made it an easy target for Allied bombs.
#6 : Duck Foot Pistol
The Duck Foot Pistol was a gun with four spread out barrels, in a manner that resembled a duck’s foot. This allowed the shooter to hit four targets at the same time, making it popular among 19th century sea captains anxious to prevent pirates boarding their ship.
However, none of the barrels pointed forward, so firing the gun made it likely that everyone would be hit – except the attacker.
#5 : Gun Shield
An attempt to combine the defense of a shield with the might of a firearm. Unfortunately the gun shield failed to do either successfully.
A round shield with a musket sticking out of the middle, 100 of these gun shields were made for King Henry VIII’s bodyguards.
The problem was that the heavy material of the shield meant that it was impossible to lift and aim the weapon at the same time, rendering it useless.
#4 : Diving Tank
Waterproof tanks known as the Tauchpanzers were developed during the Nazis’ plan to invade Britain.
Hoping to arrive with stealth, they planned to drive to Britain unseen across the seabed.
Caulk [cock] and tape were used to seal the gaps of 254 ordinary tanks, before long hoses were inserted to ensure that crew members could breath underwater.
Problems occurred as the tanks couldn’t drive over the large rocks on the sea floor.
Also once the tanks stopped moving they instantly sunk into the sand, leaving the soldiers no choice but to swim to safety. The tanks never did make it to Britain.
#3 : Who Me?
‘Who Me’ was a potent stink spray, developed by the USA during World War II for the French Resistance.
One of the world’s smelliest substances, the concoction of sulphur compounds stank of faecal matter and rotting food.
Who Me was designed to be sprayed onto the occupying German officers, in an attempt to humiliate them, but the stink of Who Me left sprayer smelling as bad as the target. So after just 2 stinking weeks in action, the USA decided to abandon the project.
#2 : Puke Ray
The LED Incapacitator , otherwise known as a Puke Ray, is a handheld non-lethal weapon that aims to use colored, flashing lights to cause the victim to experience headaches, disorientation and vomiting.
At least $800,000 was spent on developing the ray, but the US military abandoned the project when it was discovered that it could
be defeated if the victim simply closed their eyes.
#1 : Anti-tank Dogs
During World War II the Soviet Russian army attempted to train dogs to carry explosives to enemy tanks, blowing up the dog and tank upon contact.
Once on the battlefield however, the dogs became scared by the live ammunition and often ran back to their own trench, killing Soviet soldiers.