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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