Inventions are made at the front not because of a good life - the rear inventors and designers did not have time or forgot to invent this or that useful thing even before the war, the soldiers themselves have to get down to business. And in the rear during hostilities, design thought is also in full swing - war is the engine of progress. As a result, numerous interesting devices and projects are born. Some of them are quite functional, some are even ahead of their time, and some are curiosities. But they all end up on the pages of the military press - they are used for propaganda purposes. We bring to your attention a selection of funny military inventions from the pages of newspapers and magazines during the First World War.
As they write in the comments to this material, this is an aircraft simulator.
And this is a more useful thing. They tried to use such things in all the armies that participated in that war. But for some reason they didn't take root.
French bomb throwing machine. Medieval technology is in demand again
And another French trench catapult
Armored observer. Attempts to create a bulletproof vest, effective and suitable for mass production, did not stop in many armies during the First World War. But, alas, serial body armor appeared much later.
French armored three-wheeled motorcycle. The first step towards a blitzkrieg. The signature says that this miracle of technology has shown itself well in intelligence. But where exactly it fought - we do not know
German snowmobiles with a propeller. A little later, similar machines appeared in service with the Red Army.
Again, the ancient technology of overcoming water obstacles
Combat water skiing
The French had a brilliant idea - to use small-caliber cannons firing grappling hooks to overcome enemy wire obstacles. In the photo, the calculations of such guns
The picture shows the boarding guns in action.
Single creeping tank. The only member of the crew also plays the role of the engine along the way.
Approximately the same car for orderlies
Movable steel shield for shooters
Large version of such a shield
Amphibious vehicle for the Austrian army
Radium was used until the 1970s to create luminous paints. The American inventor proposes to use such paints on the front lines.
Whatever you can imagine, just not to freeze
Well, and a very simple invention - an ordinary slingshot, only a large