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savaging their crops.
Given that the emu cannot fly, has no commanders, is generally unarmed and untrained, and an easy target at six feet tall, and that the soldiers were armed with Lewis guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition, it should have been no contest.
In fact, the emu was the clear victor. Only a few were hit, and carried on being pests, tearing holes in fencing so whole regiments of rabbits could join in on their side. The Army retreated, humiliated after two failed campaigns.
Not all the D-day allied paratroopers dropped onto France were quite as they seemed. Some were mini-men dolls, with smaller parachutes, to fool Germans — you can’t tell from the ground.
They had firecrackers attached that went off when they landed to start apparent firefights with which the Germans obligingly joined in, while urgently calling HQ to warn that the invasion was on — in the wrong place.
The US military developed a strange program in World War II to drop bat bombs over Japan. Each bomb would contain thousands of live bats to be released close to the ground.
The bats would carry tiny incendiary bombs strapped to their legs and, come daybreak, roost in nooks and crannies of the paper and wood houses of the Japanese cities.
The plan was coming along when one of the canisters burst open at a US air base in New Mexico. The creatures fled to roost in dark places around the base — including fuel tanks and ammunition stores. Boom!
Reuters Dolls were attached to mini parachutes to fool the Germans into thinking they were paratroopers.
GETTY The Australians fought a battle against emus after farmers complained they were destroying their crops.