The most "wacky" military developments of the past

The First World War gave a powerful impetus to the development of technology. It was then 100 years ago that military aviation, tanks, gas masks and parachutes appeared. By the way, all these gizmos have survived to this day.

But sometimes the desire to surpass the enemy in technical equipment led to not quite ordinary results, and the know-how, born in the depths of secret military laboratories, could cause more a smile than admiration. And for us this is a great reason to appreciate the achievements of modern military technologies.

With the help of the audiovisual device presented in the first photo, the artillery reconnaissance of the German army had to accurately determine the location of the positions of the enemy artillery by the sound of a shot and a flash.

And this is the "Buster Shield" - the ancestor of modern body armor. Very bulky and heavy, although it withstood the hit of a machine gun bullet:

Buster Shield

This is what the observation post of Her Majesty's artillery reconnaissance looked like. A telescopic retractable staircase on wheels, several meters high, provided some advantages for observation in the endless and absolutely flat desert of Mesopotamia:

Observation post of British artillery intelligence

Another British know-how is homing pigeons dropped by parachute behind enemy lines. Together with the pigeons, the local residents were sent a written request to put the enemy positions on a sheet of paper, and then send the pigeon home. Soon, the Germans followed the example of the British:

Homing pigeons

And these gallant guys are the sailors of Her Majesty, for whom sleeping mattresses in an emergency should have been replaced by their life jackets:

Sleeping mattresses as life jackets

This is how the German signalmen, rotating a small generator, kept in touch and illuminated their dugout:

The bugler at the US Navy training camp gives a signal, amplifying it with a huge bell:

Shelter for snipers and scouts made from damaged tree trunk, canvas and wire mesh in the Souchez area, May 1918. It took a lot of patience and courage to be in it:

Australian military engineers mislead the enemy by maneuvering a mock tank on the eve of the assault on the Hindenburg line in 1918:

The prototype of modern drones is a German spy pigeon with a camera attached to it:

Experimental camouflage of the US Army, 1917:

All these photographs of unusual and strange inventions during the First World War were presented by the Imperial War Museum of Great Britain.