10 Weirdest War Tactics Ever including the bizarre, strange, and utterly insane!
When the going gets tough the tough get…a little crazy. Our race of psychotic hairless apes just loves tearing lumps out of each other for a tiny strip of land or the love of an invisible man in the sky, and when conventional methods don’t work we start to get creative when it comes to pulverising our enemies.
Nuke The Moon) The Soviets take an early lead in the space race and the Cold War is just warming up, or cooling down, whatever. The USA needed to boost the morale of its citizens whilst also demonstrating a show of force to the Russians. Make It Rain) No I’m not talking about chopping dollar bills at a stripper’s tuches, but actually making the heavens open and cry onto the Earth below. During the Vietnam War the US realised that the enemy’s supply trucks became bogged down during times of heavy rain, and also destroyed river crossings and landslides further hampered the Vietcong resistance. The Army could’ve just increased the chances of rain by doing an Indian dance, moving the war to Britain, or holding a wedding for ugly people, but they wanted rain so badly they decided to molest mother-nature herself. By seeding clouds with silver and lead iodide the US managed to extend the monsoon season by over a month. Throwing Cats) But no commander has ever used animals as cunningly as Cambyses the second of Persia.
In 525 BC he was about to face the Egyptians at the battle of Pelusium, but the Egyptians held a well-defended position. The Persians needed to get smart. What did the Egyptians worship more than anything? Cats. Burning Camels) If you belong to a dynasty of bloodthirsty warlords you’re going to have a lot to live up to. Timur Khan was a descendent of Genghis Khan, and in 1398 wanted to capture the city of Delhi using his army of camel-mounted men. Unfortunately like anyone who’s ever dropped too much acid at a zoo, 120 elephants stood ready to destroy him. And these weren’t regular elephants, because that’d be too easy.
These were war elephants equipped with chain mail, poisoned tusks and a lust for blood. If this was a siege within a siege within a siege) we’d still be one siege short of a Christopher Nolan wet dream. This crazy plan was enact ed by none other than Julius Caesar, a man who later became known for salad and a way of getting babies out of ladies. I digress. Caesar is besieging the city of Alesia, a hill-fort which is surrounded by 18 kilometres of 4 metre high walls. There are hundreds of thousands of reinforcements on their way leaving him outnumbered seven to one. Instead of retreating, Caesar simply builds a second line of fortifications around his own besieging army.
The Trojan Norse) We’ve all heard the apophrycal tale of the giant wooden horse at the siege of Troy, but a similar tactic was once used by the Viking leader Hastein to enter and sack a Roman city.
Hastein instead made his way towards Rome, but took the unconventional method of transport known as the coffin. Of course once inside the city Hastein leapt up and sacked the city, which actually turned out not to be Rome, but the city of Luna 250 miles away. Bat Bombs) In World War 2 the US tested a plan to attach an incendiary device to a hibernating bat and throw the whole lot out of a plane inside a tiny bomb shaped casing. Aww how…horrible. he casings would deploy a tiny parachute to bring the bats safely down to earth…okay that is actually kinda cute, and the bats would then roost in the eaves and attics of Japanese buildings, which were of course highly flammable due to their wood and paper construction. Actual Navy Seals) Russian dolphins were trained to attack enemy frog men with harpoons mounted on their backs, and even take part in kamikaze attacks using mines against enemy ships. Operation Wandering Soul) When you’re fighting a superpower opponent in the jungles of your own home country in the dead of night, the last thing you want to hear is that the ghosts of your dead ancestors now want a little chit-chat. During the Vietnam War US engineers recorded eerie sounds which they played throughout the jungles to spook the Vietcong into thinking their dead comrades were haunting them.
Two blankets and a handkerchief) In the 4th century Scythian archers dipped their arrows in snake venom, human blood, and animal feces to cause infected wounds… There are stories of plague infected corpses being flung out of catapults, jars of scorpions being smashed over city walls, but no story is as strange as the time the British tried to defeat North American Indians with two blankets and a handkerchief. During the 1763-66 Pontiac Rebellion a parley was called. The items in question were reportedly infected with smallpox, and were handed over to the native delegation in the hope it would spread to the rest of the native people.
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