In the history of warfare, men have devised all manner of ways to slaughter their opponents. From spears to machine guns to atomic bombs, it seems there are unending ways to cause mayhem. In recent centuries, particularly the 20th, we witnessed the rise of advanced missile systems and submarine warfare. But what do you really know about the history of high-tech rockets and undersea warships?
Missiles, or rockets, have scorched the skies for hundreds of years. Cultures that we may regard as primitive actually made some sophisticated tweaks to basic rockets, turning them into effective death delivery mechanisms. These days, of course, first-world countries possess sophisticated missiles that can swoop toward targets at mind-boggling distances. Can you name any of the most famous and fearsome missiles on Earth?
We’ll also plunge from the clouds into the ocean’s murky depths. There, we’ll see the devastating power of submarines. These predators of the deep have been around longer than you think … and now, they can deliver weapons of mass destruction. As a bonus, none of them are commanded by Sean Connery doing an awful Russian accent!
Scream through the skies and plunge through the waves of this warfare quiz now! Let’s find out how much you know about subs and missiles!
What's the purpose of military missiles?
to kill single soldiers
to deliver warheads
Missiles have messages, all right -- deadly messages. They deliver explosive warheads meant to destroy both men and machines.
What trend took hold in air-to-ground missiles following WWII?
pods that fired many rockets at once
After WWII, many designers began mounting pods of missiles onto the wings of aircraft. These pods didn't have accurate guidance … but their incredible volume of fire savaged ground forces large and small.
What was the purpose of the Cold War-era AIR-2 Genie missile?
to end communism
to shoot down Soviet nuclear bombers
The AIR-2 Genie was incredible concept -- it was a missile with a nuclear warhead, meaning to destroy Soviet bombers loaded with nuclear bombs. The U.S. developed the AIR-2 Genie due to a lack of effective air-to-air guidance technologies.
During WWII, human torpedoes came of age -- they were akin to small submarines with detatachable warheads. As the small crew approached a target, they'd release the torpedo in hopes of destroying an enemy ship.
What's a primary trait of so-called midget submarines?
They are operated solely by peopler under four feet in height.
They aren't armed.
They don't really have living quarters.
Midget submarines are small attack craft, and they've been used by many countries. They have very little in the way of living comforts, and that's OK because you're probably going to die if you set so much as one foot into these death traps.