As the human race slowly progresses forward, so do the variety and usefulness of our various weapon systems. Everything from the first man-made machine gun to the atomic bomb are created with one simple goal in mind: to end a battle and cause as many casualties as possible to the opposing side. Throughout history, so many different types of weaponry have been constructed that it is almost impossible to narrow it down to just ten. Almost. We’ve brought together ten of the most powerful, most devastating weapons throughout time.
Let’s start with something simple, like the Maxim Machine Gun. This self-powered weapon could fire over 600 rounds per minute, which is about the same as 30 bolt-action rifles firing in tandem. Way back when, 700 British soldiers fought off 3,000 warriors at the Battle of Shangani with just four Maxim Machine Guns.
Considered to be the world’s largest working cannons, the Monster Mortar has a caliber of 975 mm. Invented by Joseph Paixhans, the monster of a weapon was made famous during the Siege of Antwerp in 1832. The destruction caused was unparalleled at the time.