New answers tagged

-1

If you are not looking only for a modern wonder weapon, a good candidate would be the turtle ships designed, or rather improved, by admiral Yi Sun-sin whose operations affected exactly the logistics and economics of the Japanese Invasion of Korea between 1592 and 1598. To quote: The Joseon Dynasty used cannons as its primary offensive naval weapon. ...


2

I think radar made a huge difference to the valiant English who were fighting the nazis single handedly. With radar they could scramble planes; without it, the only way would have been to keep planes always in the air in multiple locations and of course they lacked men, machines and fuel for this. So this was a practical "weapon" (actually ...


2

What exactly is a miracle weapon? My definition would be: something that all of a sudden changes the outcome of a conflict and decides a war. Hannibal used clay pots filled with snakes to be thrown on the decks of enemy vessels. That's not a miracle weapon because it decided the outcome of a battle, but not the war. I see artillery not as a miracle weapon ...


1

Greased buttocks at Salamis. You laugh - but shouldn't. Many historians have long believed that the Greeks greased their buttocks as trireme rowers, allowing them much of the advantage of a modern rowing seat albeit at the expense of painful hemorrhoids later. This allowed the Greeks vessels to attain both a significantly faster ramming speed, and to faster ...


6

It's sci-fi. The electronics technology required to miniaturise a radio control system (for a model that size) simply didn't exist. If you look at the size of the "control" unit the men are using, you get some idea of the scale of radio equipment of the time. The first practical radio controls for model aircraft would only appear once transistor ...


0

There is often problems with militaries having trouble adopting new tech that has little to do with actually building new technology. The German high command thoughts on war didn't include tanks and the way their government was set up dissenting opinions did not have much of a chance. From a technical standpoint, all the major countries should have had tanks ...


8

There are surely multiple factors. One of them is how the two sides approached a common problem differently. The common problem was the stagnation of movement (i.e. trench warfare). No side was able to effectively break the others side line. The British approached that by building tanks. The Germans by developing special infantry tactics. They introduced &...


29

While the Germans knew in principle that tanks could be built, they still needed to design a tank, develop a prototype, work out the problems, put it into mass production, develop tactics, and train crews to use it. All of these aspects inevitably took a lot of time for both sides - the Germans were just starting later. Knowing that tanks could work would ...


6

I witnessed the Israeli Iron Dome system, a missile-based C-RAM (ie. CIWS on land), working very well against rocket attacks. In 2015 I was in Israel working on a project near Tel Aviv. Rockets were being fired from Gaza regularly. The Iron Dome worked perfectly several times during the 3 months that I was there. The system would not fire an interceptor ...


2

The idea of a short spear, with a relatively long blade in comparison to the shaft, appears elsewhere in history. The specific design differs, to understand the possible usage look at the iklwa (Zulu stabbing spear) or possibly a short naginata (Japanese). The iklwa has a leaf-shaped blade and a straight shaft. It does have a kind-of-knob or protrusion at ...


3

Most likely must have been some kind of speculative FAE weapon, described in Wikipedia article on Thermobaric weapons A fuel–air explosive (FAE) device consists of a container of fuel and two separate explosive charges. After the munition is dropped or fired, the first explosive charge bursts open the container at a predetermined height and disperses the ...


2

I am imagining the picture is stylized and not drawn to scale. Depending on how close the shield on the ramp was placed to the gates of the city, the shield would do two things: Offer some protection to the attacking side from arrows and other projectiles dispatched by the defenders. Hide the attackers from the defenders so the defenders didn't know what ...


Top 50 recent answers are included