Ten Military Vehicles That Changed The Face Of Warfare Forever

With war comes innovation spawning vehicles that change life on and off the battlefield.

10.) Military Drone


This is the face of 21st Century warfare, where battles can be waged by humans controlling missile equipped drones from miles away. We have yet to see the extent of the drone's impact, but it will no doubt prove to be a game changer.

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9.) USS Monitor

The design ship was so influential it inspired an entire class of warship named after it. It was the first ironclad steamship the world had ever seen and it had the first ever revolving turret. The days of the wood hulled sailing ship were over.

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8.) SR-71 Blackbird


Few vehicles define the Cold War like the reconnaissance plane and the SR-71 Blackbird was the greatest of them all. A Blackbird set the airspeed record in 1976 clocking nearly 2,200 mph – a record that hasn't been broken to this day.

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7.) V2 Rocket


Both the American and Soviet militaries desperatley wanted their hands on German V2 rockets and their creators in the final days of WWII and it's easy to see why. It was deadly on the battlefield, but it also powered the space race.

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6.) Jeep


One could argue that no military vehicle has influenced daily life quite like the Jeep – the surplus of Jeeps after the war put Jeeps into all kinds of normal uses, and it spawned its own brand and copycats in the form of the Land Rover and the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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5.) Aircraft Carrier


The aircraft carrier made both battleships and naval battle itself irrelevant, allowing armies to bring their air power wherever they want.

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4.) Caproni Ca.1


This humble little plane from 1914 was one of the first ever bombers used in battle. Although it didn't see a ton of combat in WWI, its influence cannot be overstated.

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3.) USS Constitution


The Constitution didn't play a huge roll in defeating the British in the War of 1812, but it was one of the first important battleships to use iron armor giving it the nickname "old ironsides." This influence is felt even in today's modern aircraft carriers.

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2.) Mark I Tank


The British Mark IV Tank was a much better vehicle than it's three predecessors, but the Mark I is the one that started it all. Tanks have a profound impact on the battlefield to this day and that's all owed to the humble Mark I.

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1.) Horse


Sure, they're a little outdated for military usage in modern times but horses powered all wars for century and that has to count for something.

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