A lot of brainpower goes into designing weapons of war. Unfortunately, in a complicated situation, brainpower is a terrible substitute for testing. Here are some of the ingenious weapons of war that were great on paper and terrible in practice.
Phil Collins is one of the foremost experts on the Battle of the Alamo. Yes, that Phil Collins. He's been obsessed with the Alamo for decades and over the years has acquired over 200 artifacts, including everything from Davy Crockett's guns to the musket balls of Mexican soldiers.
There was a time when the U.S. Army foresaw the need to launch more than 400 nuclear weapons in a single day should Soviet Russia attempt to invade Western Europe at the height of the Cold War. It was with this doomsday scenario in mind that army researchers developed a recoilless, truck-mounted rifle capable of…