Necessity is the mother of invention so it’s often during war that the most amazing contrivances are developed… and some of the most ridiculous.¬† This is a look at a few of the less successful wartime inventions!

 

The Bat Bomb.

 

During testing, a few bats escaped and disaster followed!

 

 A slab of Pykrete with a bullet mark.

 

The proposed Pykrete aircraft carrier.

 

The Bat guided bomb used in Project Pigeon.

 

The Fu-Go hydrogen balloon bomb.

 

A Fu-Go balloon found near Bigelow, Kansas on February 23, 1945.

 

A rendition of the proposed Nazi Sun Gun.

 

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