Tactics of note include the Soviet Union’s secret squad of harpoon-wielding killer dolphins, the mass-parachuting of live turkeys during the Spanish Civil War, and stampedes of flaming camels which defeated India. War is truly insane. Via Cracked:
The Mongolian chieftain Timur invaded India in 1398, and was met by the army of Sultan Mahmud Khan, who had 120 war elephants at his command, covered in armor and with giant scimitars attached to their tusks.
Confident of victory, Khan ordered his army to advance. Timur needed to do something, and fast. He had heard elephants were easily startled, and figuring he had nothing to lose, ordered all his camels to the front lines, then covered them in straw and oil and set them on fire.
The flaming camels charged forward, probably as a result of being set on fire, and scared the shit out of the elephants. Desperate to get away from the camels, the elephants turned and ran, which was unfortunate for the Indian infantry because they were standing right behind the elephants. Unable to control the stampede, Kahn could only watch helplessly as the elephants tore through his infantry, smashing their heads to atoms. The Indian army was routed in minutes.
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