Top most absurd examples of military equipment

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Top most absurd examples of military equipment
Top most absurd examples of military equipment
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We will present you the top of the most absurd examples of military equipment: among them the Maus tank, Tsar Tank, da Vinci's inventions and others.

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Da Vinci's scythe chariot

Leonardo da Vinci's contribution to the technical progress of the Renaissance can hardly be overestimated. The Italian left to the descendants drawings of a tank, car, helicopter, machine gun and submarine. But some believe that da Vinci would be more correct to be considered a talented artist and writer rather than an engineer. Indeed, among his ideas there are frankly absurd creations.

Such, for example, is the famous scythe chariot. This device looks menacing: in front and behind a pair of horses, special carts with rotating scythes were attached. Breaking into the enemy's ranks, such a chariot would be reliably protected. At the same time, sharp blades would literally cut into pieces dozens of opponents.

This is described in theory, but in real life everything was not at all simple. Giant scythes spun right in front of the unfortunate animals' faces, and frightened horses, along with a deadly load, could easily run away. In addition, no one would have given guarantees that they would not bump into their own infantrymen.

By the way, chariots with scythes took place in the ancient world, although they were very different from the development of da Vinci. Here you can remember the Roman chariots, in which scythes were mounted on wheels on each side. According to some reports, they even had success on the battlefield.

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Tsar Tank

This monstrous armored car was created by Russian engineer Nikolai Lebedenko in 1914-1915. The car was somewhat reminiscent of a giant children's tricycle. The tank weighed 60 tons, and its crew was 15 people. The main caliber of the tank is two 76, 2-mm guns, in addition to them there were eight Maxim machine guns on board.

The disadvantages of this "miracle weapon" are visible to the naked eye. Even firing small-bore guns at the wheel spokes would put the car out of action. With a maximum cross-country speed of 10 km / h and a great height, it was hard to move somewhere unnoticed. So the appearance of the Tsar Tank on the battlefield would not have come as a surprise to the enemy. Overall, he was the best possible target. The tank could even be used as a reference point for the enemy's artillery. In view of the above, no one produced it in series, and the only prototype was disassembled in the 20s.

The idea of ​​producing such a machine in the Russian Empire during the First World War looked almost absurd than the tank itself. The backward industry of Nikolayev's Russia, in principle, could not produce such samples of technology. To illustrate, for all the years of the war, the army did not receive a single tank at all, and the airplanes supplied to it were almost exclusively of British and French production.

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Ice giant aircraft carrier

Rather, not entirely made of ice: to create the Hubbakuk, the British wanted to use pykerite (a frozen mixture of water and sawdust). In 1942 Great Britain had a hard time due to the constant presence of German submariners. At the same time, there was critically little metal for the creation of escort aircraft carriers. This is how the idea was born to create a giant aircraft carrier, 610 meters long and 92 meters wide. For comparison, the huge modern US aircraft carriers of the "Nimitz" type are almost half the size.

On board the "Hubbakuk" were supposed to accommodate 200 winged vehicles, and the aircraft carrier itself, according to the idea, was almost unsinkable. To do this, they wanted to increase its thickness to 12 m. Scouts, fighters and anti-submarine aircraft - submarine hunters were supposed to take off from the deck of the ship. So they wanted to ensure the safety of the Atlantic convoys.

In order for the ship to function normally, it had to be cooled all the time.In addition to this, the Hubbakuk was still very expensive to build, and its cruising speed would not exceed 6 knots (11 km / h). A mock-up was built, but the matter did not progress further: by that time, the British had already received quite a few escort aircraft carriers. Under the most favorable circumstances, they wanted to transfer the giant aircraft carrier to the fleet in 1944.

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German "Rat"

The Second World War gave birth to a new, hitherto unprecedented spiral of the arms race. In addition to successful developments, there were frankly failed inventions. The Third Reich was distinguished by a particularly "neglected" form of military-industrial escapism by the end of the war. The giant Maus tank was far from the most strange idea of ​​the Fuhrer: the Landkreuzer P. 1000 "Ratte" project looked absurd. The "rat" weighed 1000 tons, was 35 meters long and 14 meters wide. He presumably could reach speeds of up to 35 km / h, and the crew of the combat vehicle was 36 people. The Rat's main caliber was two 283 mm SKC / 34 ship cannons. In addition to them, they wanted to install anti-aircraft artillery.

The latter would have come in handy, but it still wouldn't have saved the tank. By the time work began on it, the allies had complete dominance in the sky. British and American pilots shot German Tigers and Panthers with unguided rockets, dropped heavy 500-kg bombs on them (Allied fighter-bombers had a large combat load). The huge Landkreuzer, if it were born, would be an ideal target for aviation. Moreover, it would have been impossible to transport the damaged tank anywhere in combat conditions. The machine remained "paper": not a single prototype of the Landkreuzer P. 1000 was built. In addition to it, the Nazis also wanted to build a self-propelled unit Landkreuzer P. 1500 Monster based on Dora.

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Heinkel lerche

In the second half of the war, the Germans were especially worried about the Allied bombing: thousands of heavy bombers from the USA and Great Britain "hung" over the cities of the Reich. The German leadership made desperate attempts to rectify the situation, and one of the most incredible projects at the end of the war was the Heinkel Lerche. It is a vertical takeoff and landing interceptor aircraft. Few aircraft can compare with it in the originality of the aerodynamic layout. Before us is a twin-engine piston monoplane with a closed annular wing and a three-keel symmetrical tail. The Heinkel Lerche propellers were located inside the apparatus itself, which outwardly was something in between a large barrel and a launch vehicle.

As conceived by the designers, such an arrangement would allow speeds up to 987 km / h, and the armament, consisting of two 30-mm cannons, should have been effective against bombers. However, it was not possible to prove all this in practice, since not a single Lerche apparatus was built until the end of the war.

But even if it were mass-produced, it would not have saved Germany, but only worsened the already terrible (by the end of the war) accident statistics in the Luftwaffe. Suffice it to say that the pilot Heinkel Lerche was in the prone position all the time. When landing, he would have to move the plane from horizontal to vertical, and land on the airfield almost blindly. The plane was supposed to land in approximately the same way as they are now landing (or rather, they are trying to land) the Falcon rocket created by Elon Musk. By the way, those who wish can try out a strange apparatus in the IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles 46 flight simulator. In addition to Lerche, there are many other amazing aircraft of the Third Reich.

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