War brings death and destruction everywhere it goes. But at the same time, periods of war have also been the forefront of some of the everyday inventions that we use every day now. When war arose, inventors had to put their brains together to ensure that they had new inventions that aided the times around them – making everything as easy as it could be while the war surrounding them. From doing this, there have been inventions that have lasted throughout history and stood the test of time.


With no need for a pilot, this plane could fly into parts of the world that had previously been too dangerous for someone to pilot by themselves. This enabled the drones to be able to fly out quickly without endangering anyone’s life while they could detect the risk.

Unmanned drones were created in 1916, by American pair Peter Hewitt and Elmer Sperry. Even though it was revolutionary, the new model was full of mistakes and bugs. It could fly itself but it wasn’t in a controlled way – aided by gyroscopes. Inside the drone, there was a barometer which worked out the altitude and assessed its destination. However, the initial drone wasn’t fit for purpose when it came to weaponry as it wasn’t reliable enough. All the same, it was the blueprint for the drones that we know and use today.



Tanks have been a vital part of war machines for a long time. Older versions of them were tanks that slowly ambled into battle, huge and overbearing with a soldier atop of them driving them. They looked intimidating but also were practical in their mission.

Prior to tanks being invented, soldiers were forced into unsafe positions where they had to wait in fear before attacking their enemies. Without any shelter aside from the trenches, they were often vulnerable to harm as they couldn’t get away easily. Even the most powerful weapons proved to be useless in such situations. Tanks are enhanced so that they can easily cross difficult terrain.


Cellucotton was once an underused and underrated material that only came into use during wartime. Used also for tampons, the cotton is the main material for something we all use every day – a Kleenex.

The genesis of the Kleenex came following the tampons being introduced to the market. Even though they were a niche, they didn’t immediately sell as women were embarrassed to buy them – especially when the person serving them was male. Thus, Kimberly-Clark took the very same material and ironed it out – forming the soft Kleenex that we know and use today.