War is like a hellish meat grinder that takes a steady stream of humans in one end and pushes a misery shower of blood, guts, and despair out the other. As it turns out, it is also a recipe for wacky pictures. We've already told you about some of the strangest war images ever captured, and now we bring you even more real photographs that are almost too ridiculous for words.
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Imperial War Museum
It comes with a little flag labeled "bang!"
OK, this is clearly a screenshot from a Marx brothers movie. There's no way air raids have ever been as imprecise as a game of beer pong, even back when airplanes had to be pedaled into the sky and could only be flown by pilots weighing less than 130 pounds. Also, who is taking the picture? World War I flying aces didn't have dashboard cams, and unless a helpful gremlin stowed away with the entire trunkful of equipment required to take a photograph 100 years ago, this photo is obviously staged.
Actually, it turns out that during World War I, bombing enemy targets was basically like playing darts with explosives, because the bombs had to be aimed and dropped by hand. Correction: a badly shaking and sweating hand.
However, that's not exactly what's happening in that picture, because that picture wasn't taken on an airplane. It was taken on a SSZ-class blimp, a setup so desperately primitive it was essentially a boat dangling beneath a giant balloon.
Early Aviation Image Archive
They were supposed to kill people, but they kept going on whimsical adventures instead.
A small team of soldiers could sit inside this airborne canoe as it spit in the face of God and drop satchels of bombs on the populace below like a bunch of disgruntled Christmas elves, because as this article demonstrates, old-timey war frequently set the benchmark for unintentional comedy.