As Gen. Patton once said, “The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.”
Man has used his ingenuity and creativity throughout history to reach this objective. The war machines, ancient weapons and battle techniques that resulted from man’s ingenuity took the lives of millions over time.
Below are 6 of the most amazing secret weapons of the ancient world.
Greek Fire - Greek Fire was an incendiary weapon used by the Byzantine Empire during naval engagements. No one is sure exactly what Greek Fire was; however, the modern-day theory about this ancient weapon is that it was petroleum based. The petroleum was retrieved from natural wells.
Caltrop – This simple defensive weapon was laid in the path of an oncoming opponent. It consisted of two or more spikes, one of which always pointed up, creating a nearly impassable barrier. This weapon is so effective it is even used in modern times.
Flaming Pigs – These ancient weapons were actual living pigs doused in oil and set ablaze. It was reported that an elephant was terrified of the squeal of a pig. Therefore, when the opposition approached with their battle ready elephants, the Romans released their blazing sows.
Scorpion Bombs were another use of animals in warfare. The Ancient Iraqis would fill a terracotta jar with scorpions and then seal it. The jars were then thrown at the attacking army. The jar would break, releasing the scorpions either on the enemy soldiers or in the battlefield itself.
Automatic Crossbow – The great Chinese strategist, Zhuge Liang, came up with this ancient weapon; a semi-automatic crossbow that could shoot faster and farther than any of its predecessors.
The Dead – This early form of siege warfare is greatly documented and well-known throughout the ancient world. It is also the first use of biological warfare.
The attacking army would catapult the dead over the walls of the defending cases. It was also common, after the black plague struck, to launch plague-stricken corpses over the walls in order to decimate its defenders.