The Situation:

The year is 2014 and the city of Prague is under siege. Cut off from supply, the city prepares to defend itself with whatever is at hand. The Jewish community offers the services of as many Golems as they can make, but are concerned that they will be ineffective against modern weaponry. How can the citizens of Prague enhance these Golems to combat modern era armor?

All the synagogues work for several weeks manufacturing Golems, but the process is time consuming and they are only able to complete two dozen in time for them to be enhanced. This is the only magic known in the world, any enhancement must be a product of science.

What we have to work with:

24 Golems:

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Descriptions of the mythical Golem are vague, but let us assume that the standard Golem is 9' tall and proportioned as above. Golems are made of clay, hardened by ancient magics to the same hardness as Boron Carbide. They can walk, but not run, at the same rate as a jogging human. Golems require no maintenance, but must rest every Sabbath or they go rampant and kill people. Golems have hands and fingers, but they are thick and not dexterous. Golems are quite strong, able to bend steel girders given some time and effort.

What we're fighting:

For simplicity's sake, we will need this Golem to compete with a specific military vehicle. The BMP-3 (Competition is defined here as: "Able to engage and destroy at better than 25% casualties.") enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ THe BMP is more of a transport than a fighting vehicle...the tactics used was 'dump infantry and run', or 'battle taxi'. The anti-tank missile on this was designed to penetrate tank armour (not necessarily boron carbide) and explode...not sure if a golem could stand up to that. GOlems might be more capable of guerilla tactics, luring these into parts of the city with less mobility, but once again, the BMP wasn't really meant to engage like that $\endgroup$
    – Twelfth
    Oct 20, 2014 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ 2014 soviet? I have problems seeing these golems as anything but slow armor, most modern military possess weapons that are intentionally designed to inflict as much damage as possible to an armor target like this simply because modern tanks are in the same armor range as these beasts would appear to be. Their biggest advantage will be mobility and being able to get to area's where tanks can't reach them (hence the 'guerrilla warfare' tactic suggestion). $\endgroup$
    – Twelfth
    Oct 20, 2014 at 20:40
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    $\begingroup$ Remember, I'm not asking if these Golems can currently stand up to armor. I'm asking what can be done to them to make them able to. $\endgroup$ Oct 20, 2014 at 21:07
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    $\begingroup$ I'm at a loss...unless golem power armor is within scope, I'm not sure how possible this is. They are big, well armored targets, which is exactly what type of target these tanks are capable of striking accurately at ranges of 3-4km with payloads designed to rip threw well armored targets. Curious if anyone has a better option $\endgroup$
    – Twelfth
    Oct 20, 2014 at 21:12
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    $\begingroup$ Can you say more (in the question) about the characteristics of golems, particularly: strength, ability to absorb damage, flexibility (they can walk; can they bend? throw things? manipulate tools?), and any requirements for maintenance (food, fuel, etc)? $\endgroup$ Oct 20, 2014 at 21:24

1 Answer 1


There are a number of advantages the Golems have over both infantry and vehicles.

The first is that they can wait silent and immobile for a long time, they have no need to breathe or eat. They are also strong and tough, although not as strong or as tough individually as a tank. They would be essentially impervious to most small arms fire, heavier weaponry would be needed to shut them down.

You need to use these advantages rather than trying to engage head-on. Terrorize the enemy, make them dread every step.


This is quite simple, replace some statues with Golems and wait. On a suitable symbol the statues come to life and attack. This gives an instant fear and confusion factor, and with the Golem being in the middle of your troops using heavy weapons on them will cause a lot of collatoral damage.


Streams and rivers allow the Golems to move around undetected and strike from unexpected angles.


Bury a golem into the ground on a street with a big stack of remote-controlled explosives.

It remains quiet and hidden until a vehicle passes over, at that point its arm comes out and attaches a pack of remote-controlled explosives to the vehicle. It then goes quiet again until the next vehicle passes and then repeats the process.


Golem's don't seem to "see" in a conventional sense. They may well be able to operate at full effectiveness even in pitch black or smoke. They could be used for night attacks, or use smoke grenades to obscure vision.


Golem's don't breathe, equip the Golems with dangerous chemicals that produce poison gas, have them throw it and walk through it.


Golem's are fireproof, equip the Golems with flamethrowers and also wrap them in rags soaked in oil that ignites when they set off the flamethrowers.

Underground and fire

Bury golems under likely camping spots for the invasion forces. They would be completely still and silent so essentially undetectable if placed well. At a suitable time in the night they would rise up and find high value stores. They would set light to those stores then bury back underground under the burning supplies and hide themselves under the ashes.

The course of the invasion

It starts immediately as the army advances, strange figures striking in the night and then disappearing again. Soon the men are afraid to go near water as the enemy special forces are lurking in the streams and rivers waiting to attack.

You camp for the night and your supplies go up in flames, but there are no signs of any attackers. Suspicion turns on your own men and the guards on duty that night are shot for dereliction of duty, but the next night the same thing happens again.

As the convoy approaches the town there is no sign of resistance, no enemy fire, but suddenly the leading 6 APCs in the convoy explode from beneath. A thorough search finds no attackers in the area but there are remains of an explosive device found attached to the bottom of each vehicle. Again suspicion turns inwards and paranoia starts to spread. Guards are posted on the remaining vehicles overnight and supply depot guards are doubled.

The next day though despite all these precautions the remaining APCs also explode, again with devices attached underneath.

The remaining demoralized troops sweep into the town to find the area evacuated and no sign of resistance. As they move further into the town though strange hulking figures step out of the buildings around them. The ones in front shoot out vast tongues of flame, igniting into walking nine feet tall figures of flames. From the sides comes more of the figures, these ones throwing gas and smoke grenades. Then the statues in the center of the square come to life and charge towards the leaders of the army, brushing aside fully grown men like they weigh nothing and with bullet fire bouncing off them, barely chipping their surface.

The terrified men panic and turn to run but more of the hellish creatures are rising up out of the ground behind them. The panic turns into a mass stampede and they run for their lives, losing a huge number of men and all of the leaders in the process.

...and that's how 24 Golems defeat an army :)

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for the answer as a whole, and another +1 for the statue idea -- I think that's awesome. Great answer!! $\endgroup$
    – Shokhet
    Oct 21, 2014 at 15:12
  • $\begingroup$ The problem with the river is that there is practically only one, which is in the middle of Prague. And, given the situation, what about suicide golems? Like, a golem packed up with explosives, camping behind a corner, and bombing the enemy vehicles when they come? $\endgroup$
    – user22613
    Nov 12, 2016 at 16:21
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    $\begingroup$ @RudolfL.Jelínek the only problem with the suicide golem is that you've just used 1/24 of your golem force. You'd definitely want to use some tactics to make it appear like you have way more than 24 of them. $\endgroup$ May 3, 2017 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ Since OP said only two dozens can be enhanced in time there might be a number of not-enhanced Golems available for suicide missions... $\endgroup$ Aug 8, 2017 at 12:41

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