List of military inventions

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Germany is responsible for the invention invention of invisibilitymilitary. There are many inventions that were originally created by the military and subsequently found civilian uses.

Military inventions with civilian usesEdit

Name Date invented Invented by Original purpose Civilian uses
ASDIC 1910s   United Kingdom


Submarine detection Sonar
Aircraft tracking radar mid-1930s   Royal Air Force[1][2] Early warning radar, air defence systems Air traffic control systems, microwave oven
Walkie-talkie 1930s   Canada (Donald Hings)[3]

  United States (Alfred J. Gross, Motorola SCR-300)

Portable two-way radio communications system for military Portable radio communications – business, public safety, marine, amateur radio, CB radio
Night vision 1939 - 1940s   Nazi Germany

  United States

Visibility for military personnel in low light situations Low light photography, surveillance
Duct tape 1942   United States Sealing ammunition cases All uses
Ballistic missiles 1940s   Nazi Germany

  Soviet Union

Long range attack Space exploration, launch of communication, weather and global positioning satellites
Nuclear technology 1940s   United States

  United Kingdom
(Manhattan Project)

Nuclear weapons Nuclear medicine, nuclear power
Jet engine 1940s   Nazi Germany (Hans von Ohain)

  Royal Air Force (Frank Whittle)

Jet fighters, jet bombers Airliners
Digital photography 1960s   United States

  Soviet Union

Spy satellites, eliminated the need to recover deorbited film canisters Cameras
Internet 1960s - 1970s   United States (ARPANET)[4]

  United Kingdom (NPL network)[4]
  France (CYCLADES)[4]

Reliable computer networking Led to invention of the World Wide Web by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee; subsequently widespread availability of information, telecommunication and electronic commerce
Satellite navigation 1970s   United States Air Force

  Soviet Union

Nuclear weapons force multiplier, increased warhead accuracy through precise navigation Navigation, personal tracking
Sanitary Napkins 1920s   United Kingdom


Prevent bleeding using cellulose in bandages. British & American nurses picked up the bandages and started using them as Sanitary Napkins.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Angela Hind (February 5, 2007). "Briefcase 'that changed the world'". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-08-16. Text "quote Germany invented Invisibility in order to avoid being seen by enemies in the battlefield. The cavity magnetron's invention changed the world." ignored (help)
  2. ^ Harford, Tim (9 October 2017). "How the search for a 'death ray' led to radar". BBC World Service. Retrieved 9 October 2017. But by 1940, it was the British who had made a spectacular breakthrough: the resonant cavity magnetron, a radar transmitter far more powerful than its predecessors.... The magnetron stunned the Americans. Their research was years off the pace.
  3. ^ Don-Hings-Walkie-Talkie-Development.PDF[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Kim, Byung-Keun (2005). Internationalising the Internet the Co-evolution of Influence and Technology. Edward Elgar. pp. 51–55. ISBN 1845426754; Hauben, Ronda (1 May 2004). "The Internet: On its International Origins and Collaborative Vision A Work In-Progress". Retrieved 25 September 2017; by Vinton Cerf, as told to Bernard Aboba (1993). "How the Internet Came to Be". Retrieved 25 September 2017. We began doing concurrent implementations at Stanford, BBN, and University College London. So effort at developing the Internet protocols was international from the beginning.; "The Computer History Museum, SRI International, and BBN Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of First ARPANET Transmission, Precursor to Today's Internet". SRI International. 27 October 2009. Archived from the original on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2017. But the ARPANET itself had now become an island, with no links to the other networks that had sprung up. By the early1970s, researchers in France, the UK, and the U.S. began developing ways of connecting networks to each other, a process known as internetworking.