Paré’s Engine of War

United States of America (1918) Ball Tank – None Built The wheel is perhaps the second greatest of mankind’s accomplishments. Perfect, simple, and utilitarian, it takes an act of magnificent hubris to try and perfect such an already flawless instrument. However, not one to shirk a challenge, Arsene Pare, a magnetic healer from Canada living…

McNaier’s Armored Truck

United States of America (1919) Armored Truck – None Built On 29th March 1919, Joseph Treanor McNaier submitted a patent design for a centrifugal gun. This was no ordinary firearm and was not merely a design for a weapon in isolation. When he filed his design on 2nd April, McNaier was proposing a new way…

Blacksher Armored Automobile

United States of America (1916) Armored Car – None Built In 1916, there was one war sucking up all of the attention – the war in Europe, which was seeing the largest European empires battling it out at extreme costs. The USA did not enter the war until April 1917, and, in the meantime, already…

Lauterbur’s Tractor

United States of America (1918) Tank – None Built At the start of 1918, WW1 was by no means waning in terms of combat or intensity. The war had, to that point, been characterized in the public mindset by the slaughter in Belgium and France. This picture was one of trench lines of men just…

Lyon’s Electric Gyro-Cruiser

United States of America (1916) Landship – None Built “Suppose Great Britain’s giant navy could now come up out of the sea into the plains of northern France and, mounting itself upon wheels, dash in single line formation at express train speed upon one single, unsuspecting and strategic point of Germany’s hundreds of miles of…

Roy / Lzarnopyski Infantry Fort

United States of America/Austro-Hungarian Empire (1919) Infantry Fort – None Built World War One was, by 1918, the largest and most costly war in terms of lives in the history of mankind. Starting in 1914, the war finally ended officially in June 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, although, with the signing…

Automatic Land Cruiser – ‘Alligator’

United States of America/United Kingdom (1915) Tank – None Built The USA was a latecomer to WW1. By the time they started sending men and machines to Europe to fight the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary), it was June 1917. By that time, millions of men had already been killed and the war on the…

Miller, DeWitt, and Robinson SPG

United States of America (1916) Self-Propelled Gun – None Built World War One brought about numerous technical innovations to break the stalemate of static warfare which had rapidly become the defining characteristic of the war. Then, as now, it was artillery that was the key to defeating enemy defenses. The need to move large caliber…

Wagner’s War Tank

United States of America (1918) Tank – None Built The last name Wagner is more usually associated with classical music than armored vehicles, but Frederick Wagner of Detroit, USA may have had more than the compositions of his last-name sake on his mind when, in 1918, he submitted a patent application for a deceptively simply…

Longobardi’s Combination Vehicle

United States of America/Kingdom of Italy (1918) Flying Submarine Car – None Built In the centuries of the patent system, a veritable pantheon of good and bad ideas have come and gone and, in the wake of World War One, this tradition continued with some truly awful ideas. One of these ideas was quite rightly…

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