Weapons

The 10 Most Dangerous Military Weapons That Are Now Illegal To Use

During the 20th century, we have seen the birth of some very horrific weapons of war, thankfully, some of those weapons are no longer allowed by most (if not all) western nations. Sadly, our enemies do not play by our “rules of engagement” and will use whatever materials and weapons that they can get their hands on. We saw evidence of this during the Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan and also during the Vietnam war.

What is puzzling, is that it was our enemies that complained of the use of such barbaric weapons calling them “cruel and inhumane” , even though they themselves were using similar weapons. Below, I’ll make a list of the weapons mentioned in the video, along with a link so you can read more about them.

10. Land Mines: A land mine is an explosive device concealed under or on the ground and designed to destroy or disable enemy targets, ranging from combatants to vehicles and tanks, as they pass over or near it.

9. Undetectable Shrapnel: Undetectable Shrapnel is a concept actually originating from the region of the 20th and 21st Centuries. While verboten in a proper war, some governments utilized them in counter-terror and anti-insurgency operations. Originally made of hardened plastics, in AF 10 these can be made from carbon fibers or other nanomaterials, transparent alumina or hardened, frangible ceramics.

8. Blinding Lasers: Blinding laser weapons are defined under international law as laser weapons ‘specifically designed, as their sole combat function or as one of their combat functions, to cause permanent blindness to unenhanced vision, that is to the naked eye or to the eye with corrective eyesight devices’. Their use is prohibited under the 1995 Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons.
7. Gases: Chemical warfare (CW) involves using the toxic properties of chemical substances as weapons. This type of warfare is distinct from nuclear warfare and biological warfare, which together make up NBC, the military acronym for nuclear, biological, and chemical (warfare or weapons), all of which are considered “weapons of mass destruction”
6. Flattening/Expanding Bullets: The term ‘expanding bullets’ refers to bullets that have a tendency to expand or flatten in the human body. The term was used in the 1899 Hague Declaration, which prohibited bullets like the ‘dumdum’ bullet, a British 19th-century rifle bullet.
5. Cluster Bombs: A cluster munition is a form of air-dropped or ground-launched explosive weapon that releases or ejects smaller submunitions. Commonly, this is a cluster bomb that ejects explosive bomblets that are designed to kill personnel and destroy vehicles. Other cluster munitions are designed to destroy runways or electric power transmission lines, disperse chemical or biological weapons, or to scatter land mines. Some submunition-based weapons can disperse non-munitions, such as leaflets.
4. Biological Warfare: Biological warfare —also known as germ warfare—is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi with the intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as an act of war.
3. Spike (Punji) Pits: The punji stick or punji stake is a type of booby trapped stake. It is a simple spike, made out of wood or bamboo, which is sharpened and heated. Punji sticks are usually deployed in substantial numbers. Punji sticks are banned from use as weaponry under the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
2. Flamethrowers: A flamethrower is a mechanical incendiary device designed to project a long, controllable stream of fire. They were first used by the Greeks in the 1st century AD. In modern times, they were used during World War I, and more widely in World War II.
1. Salted Bombs: A salted bomb is a nuclear weapon designed to function as a radiological weapon, producing enhanced quantities of radioactive fallout, rendering a large area uninhabitable.

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