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History’s Most Interesting War Tactics Explained

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Say it’s only a paper balloon.

military balloon

Source: Twitter @genpatu_kun

Wicket_Warrick: “Project Fugo was a weird one.

During WWII Japan launched 6000+ paper balloons attached to incendiary bombs, in hopes that they would float across a Pacific airstream and catch American forests on fire. Quite a few made it here (they found one in Canada in 2014), but they didn’t do a lot of damage. And it was kept very hush hush by the U.S. government so almost no one heard about it, except a few hundred people in the Pacific Northwest who spotted the mysterious “jellyfish in the sky” slowly floating by.”

TheMagicalWarlock: “One of them landed in Oregon and killed 6, leading to the only deaths from WW2 inside the contiguous United States.”

Incredible bomb technology.

military dam

Source: Twitter @melissawray13

TheLouTennant: “During WWII, the Nazis had weapons factories being powered by hydroelectric plants upriver. England tried to bomb the dams, but couldn’t get a direct hit. They couldn’t use torpedoes, because the dams had anti-bomb netting. Their engineers designed bouncing bombs that would skip on the water and over the nets before exploding. It was mostly a success, the dams broke and flooded the factories downstream.”

TomatoCo: “What’s more, the bomb was designed to be spun up before being dropped. Not only did this allow it to skip, but it also let the bomb ‘drive’ down the face of the dam and detonate underwater.”

So simple and yet so effective. This strategy was lit.

military fire

Source: Twitter @anna_humphries_

perringoldeye: “Genghis Khan was pretty devious. My favorite was lighting extra campfires to make his armies seem much larger.”