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10 Weapons That Are Named After People

Updated on 18 April, 2018 at 8:44 pm By

Although weapons are the key ingredient to win any battle, the real credit goes to the spirit, the innovative mind and the person behind all the accomplishments. Here are ten most deadly weapons named after their inventors.

1. Tommy gun

The Thompson sub-machine gun was invented by American army general John Taliaferro Thompson and US navy commander John N. Blish. It became known as the Tommy gun and was popular with gangsters during the 1920s.




2. Sten gun

The name comes from the initial letters of the surnames of the weapon’s inventors, Major Reginald V. Shepherd and Harold J. Turpin, combined with the first two letters of England (or, according to some authorities, Enfield), where it was first made.



3. Shrapnel

This name was originally given to the exploding shells invented by British officer Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842). Fragments of bombs are also often called shrapnel.




4. Molotov cocktail

This was a crude but effective bomb made with a petrol-filled bottle and fuse. It was given its name by the Finns in about 1940 who used it during the war against Russia. They called it a cocktail for Molotov. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (1890-1986) was the Soviet Prime minister at the time.



5. Mills grenade

This hand grenade was designed in 1915 by William Mills (1856-1932). An estimated 70 million were used by the British during World War I. Mills was knighted in 1922.



6. Mauser

The Mauser bolt-action rifle was developed in 1898 by German brothers Wilhelm (1834-82) and Peter Paul Mauser (1838-1914). They also invented an automatic pistol.



7. Luger

Gunmaker George Luger (1849-1923) pioneered the P-08 pistol that bears his name in 1898. This weapon was adopted by the German army and was widely used during both World Wars.



8. Avtomat Kalashnikova (AK-47)

This deadly assault rifle was invented by Mikhail Kalashnikov of Russia. Symbol of innovative weapon, its designing phase started during the World War II and after the war, it was committed by the Soviet Army.



9. Congreve rocket

This weapon was named after British inventor, Sir William Congreve (1772-1828). It was used in battles against Napoleon in the early years of the 19th century.



10. Big Bertha

Big Bertha was a 144-tonne cannon used by the German army to shell Paris from a distance of 122 km during World War I. The name of this weapon came from the Bertha Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach (1886-1957), who inherited the German Krupp armaments business from her father, Friedrich Alfred Krupp.



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