7 obscure yet unbelievable military weapons

Soviet Union’s Lun-class EkranoplanIgor 113

History is rife with examples of human ingenuity run amok — especially in the field of weapons design.

Last year, a group of Quora users sought to answer the question, "What are some historical weapons that most people have never heard of?"

The answers provide amazing insight into the history of war, along with examples of some of the most ingenious — yet impractical — weaponry ever created. 



The Bat Bomb

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Developed by the US for use against Japan during World War II, the bat bomb was true to its name.

Each bomb would contain 40 hibernating bats, each of which would be strapped with a small napalm bomb and a timer.

The bombs could deploy their own parachutes, giving the bats time to fly out and look for places to roost. They would then explode, potentially burning down whatever structure they had chosen as their new home.

Anti-tank Dogs


The Nazi betrayal of the Soviet Union during World War II caught Moscow completely off guard. In a desperate attempt at staving off the Nazi advance into their territory, the Soviets strapped dogs with explosives and trained them to run under German tanks.

Soviet propaganda claims that around 300 German tanks were destroyed in this manner. The anti-tank dog program continued until 1996

Submarine Aircraft Carriers

Japanese Navy

At the height of World War II, the Imperial Japanese Navy commissioned a series of Sen Toku I-400 class submarines. These subs were large enough to carry three Aichi M6A Seiran aircraft underwater, surface and launch the planes, and then dive again. The submarines were also equipped with torpedoes.

A total of three of them were completed.

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