With roots and etymology in the 19th century Punjab region of India, punji stakes came into their own a century later as a guerrilla weapon during the Vietnam War.
Developed in the crucible of World War I trench warfare, the American Mark I knife saw use in World War II with airborne troops, Army Rangers and Marine Raiders.
The German Wehrmacht's adaptable Nebelwerfer was capable of firing rocket-propelled rounds with a variety of warheads from a range of platforms.
Versions of the reliable French-made 12-pounder Napoléon cannon saw use by both sides during the American Civil War.
The billhook enabled a foot soldier to unseat a passing knight, slash at him or punch a hole through his armor.
The Bofors L/60 was the mainstay weapon of anti-aircraft defense aboard U.S. Navy warships and remains in use worldwide.
The U.S. Army sought a weapon to counter human-wave assaults, such as those waged by Chinese soldiers against Americans in the Korean War. The Claymore fit the bill.
The Americans relied on the lightweight, shallow-draft LCVP (aka Higgins boat) to quickly put landing forces ashore in World War II.
The Panzerfaust delivered a hard-hitting 1.8-pound warhead that could penetrate up to 8 inches of armor at close range.
Studebaker built tens of thousands of US6 "Deuce and a Half" trucks for the wartime Lend-Lease program, most destined for the Soviet Union.
The Heinecke parachute proved a gamble to the first German airmen to use it, but it beat the odds of surviving a fiery plunge from the sky.
Its Broomhandle grip and 10-round stripper clip made the Mauser C-96 a popular early semiautomatic pistol.
Swiss citizen-soldiers used the multitool to open food tins and service their rifles in the field, but it has since become a coveted catalog bestseller.
The Type 95 boasted three times the range of its U.S. Navy counterpart, was faster than the electrically driven Mark 18, and it left no wake.
A samurai's daisho comprised the long katana fighting sword and the shorter wakizashi for close combat or, if need be, ritual suicide.
The Exocet antiship missile wreaked havoc on British ships during the Falklands War and was central to the USS Stark controversy.