History is full of creative and intricate weaponry, post all your favorite pieces.
btw why India and Africa have the craziest weapons? were they just mythical or actually used in battle?
I don't think so, but there was a need to protect the transport of supplies, so they became armored.
Then actually taking trains became a problem, so there ended up being skirmishes of two armored trains blowing the fuck out of each other on opposing lines. Cars would open and boarding operations would occur as well. It's badass and rarely mentioned.
The Brixia Model 35, a 45mm light mortar capable of 12 aimed shots per minute. The Japanese had a similar weapon in the Type 89 Grenade Discharger, a 50mm light mortar that the IJA used in abundance.
The militias in the Spanish Civil War made some pretty badass makeshift vehicles. Not sure about their practicality.
i don't see how this is weird tho
at least compared to more experimental guns
>Were those actually deployed en masse?
Not really en masse, but they were common through out central and eastern Europe up to WWII (Poland used about a dozen in 1939).
Last used in Chechnya
And the SVK used one in the early 1990s, the Krajina Express.
>a submarine armed with a single massive artillery gun
as long as it's historical all's fine
especially swords. i love swords
trialled by the CIA as a truth serum and a potential chemical weapon
nowadays used in rapes, muggings and other criminal activity primarily in Latin America
During the time it was used it was extremely creative
Well I guess it's not too weird, but keep in mind that this type of gun never really appeared in the German, French, Russian, American, or British/Commonwealth arsenals. So if not 'weird', the Brixia was certainly exotic.
Armored trains also became important with the Chinese Eastern Railway. Gregory Semenov, one of the 'White' Russian leaders in the Far East, mounted a dummy gun on a normal train car, and with eight men took over his first town.
He disarmed 500 Bolsheviks with nothing more than 8 guys, guts, and a fake train gun.
but this one is "automatic" and "self reloading"
just turn the crank
Similarly silly, a submarine armed with a bunch of small guns. Basically a destroyer that could go under water.
Leonardo da Vinci was an expert on this topic, even though these were just ideas.
The lower one was pretty retarded.
If by any reason, any of the hook would... well, hook something, the horse would be thrown into the front, so it would be cut by their spinning blades on the end.
Well, maybe if the binds are good enough, the horse would remain on its place, but the rider...
Yes, but da Vinci often introduced obvious mistakes in his drawing to prevent his ideas from be copied He could have put the blade higher or turn the horses 180°, meaning that it is the outside of the blade doing the cutting (the top drawing seems to indicate this was how he intended it to be)
This is the SLC - Siluro a Lenta Corsa (loosely translatable as Low Speed Torpedo), better known as "Maiale" (Pig).
It was first conceived by Raffaele Rossetti, and built by the Venetian Arsenal in 1918; Rossetti used it to sneak into the port of Pula and sink in its harbor the SMS Viribus Unitis, the best Austro-Hungarian battleship of the time, completely unnoticed.
Basically it was a torpedo that had a detachable warhead, made rideable for two frogmen, who had to sneak into enemy's port, secure the warhead to the target, activate the timer, and then get away without being discovered.
This concept was further improved by Teseo Tesei, who was a Major of the Corps of Naval Engineering, and creator of the X Flottiglia MAS (basically the original Navy Seals, now called COMSUBIN, which in turn is named after him: Comando Raggruppamento Subacquei ed Incursori Teseo Tesei); his idea was used extensively by the Regia Marina (the italian royal navy): he even managed to sink two british battleships in the same way Rossetti sinked the Viribus Unitis.
Here's how an attack with a SLC would have been conducted (it's in italian):
tl;dr With a submarine they get close to the target, at night they take out the SLC and start riding towards the harbor, going slower and slower the closer they get; if they get discovered, they just disappear under the water; if they find a net at the entrance they find a passage or create it by lifting or cutting the net; once inside the arbor, by keeping just half of the goggles outside the water they locate the target and navigate towards it. Once they get to the target they find the stabilizer and tie the 300kg timer bomb like in picture related; they activate the timer and get the fuck out of there. Two hours and a half later, the target blows up from the fucking nowhere.
The Great Turkish bombard. A 25 inch gun built during the 15th century that was used to beat back a British fleet in 1807.
One of my personal favorites is the kpinga. I find it pretty amazing that they were able to engineer a weapon that stick into a shield but would still impale and most likely kill the defender.
Tropical climate does weird stuff to your brain
>soldiers using the Pata were encouraged to wield two at a time so they can spin around in a windmill type fashion.
I feel like if you stabbed the ends of the hilt would stab into your arm. Not dangerous, just an annoyance. Not to mention if you hit a bone I feel like it would just tilt the blade forward causing you to drop it
wouldnt a person with an axe head on the tip of their gun be easily and quickly impaled by someone with a bayonet on the tip of their gun?
I imagine it must take some time for a person to lift the gun over their head and bring the axe head down, also wouldn't they be exposing their whole torso whole lifting the fun over their head?
indian weapons are so fucking cool.
aslo that may be a ceremonial blade
this is a pretty cool weapon, though it doesnt really seem durable, like at all. Once all the obsidian bits are off of it all you have is a paddle.
not a weapon but still interesting desu
I really like the Bardiche, it looks so brutal but it technically is a member of the halberd family
As for an exotic weapon, this probably takes it for me (somebody else posted the kickass hook swords already)