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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse16 Jan 2019 4:12 p.m. PST

"Desperate times call for desperate measures, but sometimes soldiers were sent into battle with shockingly incompetent weaponry: either inherently seriously flawed, extremely outdated, insufficient for the task for which they were used, or a combination of all three.

The following examples are among the worst equipment with which soldiers were sent into battle in the World Wars. For the sake of this list, all examples are those used in combat in at least one of the world wars, so prototypes will be excluded.

Suicide/Kamikaze bombers will also be excluded because, although obviously terrible for the airmen manning them, they fulfilled their intended purpose…."
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Blutarski16 Jan 2019 6:39 p.m. PST

My nomination – In preparation to meet a looming 1945 invasion of the home islands by Allied forces, the Imperial Japanese Army intended to issue bamboo spears to civilian home defense militia.


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2019 7:51 p.m. PST

Not to nit pick but the St. Charmond and Ross Rifle were from WWI – not WWII

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2019 9:20 p.m. PST

All WW's look the same.

Andy ONeill17 Jan 2019 3:52 a.m. PST

Dad's unit trained with sticky bombs and thought they must have been designed by a German spy.
An extremely sticky grenade which seemed to be magically drawn towards any nearby piece of uniform, rifle etc.
Was full of a highly unstable explosive in a glass container.
Set off by a timed fuse which they believed to be unduly variable due to poor manufacturing.
( No idea if the last was true).

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2019 5:54 a.m. PST

Amongst the long list of WWII mediocre monoplane fighters the LaGG-3 is hardly any worse than the others. And it did lead on to the La-5, one of the better Soviet fighters.

Legion 417 Jan 2019 7:04 a.m. PST

Yeah, the IJF's concept of issuing civilians a bamboo spear was clearly a "Bad" idea. However, as I always mention, most of the IJF's AFVs were "outclassed" by everything the Allies used from about '40 on …

Of course the IJF's had no problems taking very high losses. And in some cases even blowing themselves up before making contact to avoid capture. Or doing a Banzai Charge into enemy positions resulting in @ 100% losses. Etc.. etc., etc., …
there is a thin line between bravery and foolishness as the saying goes …

Keith Talent17 Jan 2019 7:22 a.m. PST

Just 3 words.
Boulton Paul Defiant.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse17 Jan 2019 11:34 a.m. PST



Zephyr117 Jan 2019 10:10 p.m. PST

The Aussie boomerang grenade was never popular with the troops… ;-)

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2019 5:54 a.m. PST

@Keith Talent

Just two words
"Blackburn" and "Roc"

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2019 7:00 a.m. PST

I agree with 4th Cuirassier


Cke1st19 Jan 2019 9:58 a.m. PST

The Soviet "dog mines" should be on the list as well.

Legion 420 Jan 2019 10:18 a.m. PST

Yeah that proved not to be a very "good" idea … And besides I like Dawgs better than people, especially them "Russkies" back in the day … wink

Oakley22 Jan 2019 4:48 p.m. PST
Major Bloodnok22 Jan 2019 6:04 p.m. PST

Lord Crofts "Pike"

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