10 Deadliest WW-II Weapons Made By Germany
Our teachers, elders, and books introduced Hitler to us as the greatest dictator of all times.
He was inspired with his obsession of winning the world and he knew that his dream may only come true if his army had unanswerable weapons.
So he appointed the best scientists of that time to develop some unmatched war equipment and highly advanced deadly weapons that would engineer the structure of his motive.
Some of the dream weapons of the Nazis became reality, some remained unsuccessful, and some would have remained unknown to the world, buried with their plans.
A few weapons came to be known to the world later which we’ll talk about here. These weapons were meant to bow the Zeniths of all the earth into the feet of this furious dictator. These weapons could have turned any war into his favor.
So are you in the mood to go back to the fearful time of Hitler and know about his deadly plans?
1. Schwerer Gustav
This monstrous canon, also known as ‘The Great Gustav’ is the largest canon build yet. It was designed was Crupp in 1934. The cost of building one unit came 7 million Reichsmark (German Currency).
It weighs 1350 ton, it is 47.3 meter in length. It could fire a 7 ton weighing cannonball up to 29 Miles (47 kilometers).
Its gigantic size was enough for the rivals to break out in a cold sweat, but its bulkiness became the reason for its failure.
It took 3 days and 250 soldiers to make it ready. The track on which it ran required 2500 workers to build. It also took half an hour to load the cannon with the cannon ball.
It proved extremely costly and so only two of these cannons could be built. It was created for war against France but it could not be made ready on time.
It was finally used against Russia in the II World War.
2. Panzer VIII Maus
Hitler was very impressed by tanks since the I World War and so he wanted the most powerful tank to be built for him.
In 1944, Germany built the heaviest tank which came to be known as Panzer VIII Maus. It weighed 188 tons and it moved with a speed of not more than 12 Miles/hr.
But the same story, due to its heavy load, it could not even cross a bridge. Its manufacturing cost was so high and only 3 such tanks could be manufactured.
3. Horten Ho 229
It is also called the first stealth bomber of the world. This was the first jet plane of its kind that could not be tracked by the radar systems of that time. It was the first flying machine powered by jet engine.
But in spite of its high technology, it failed to make an impact in the Second World War.
It was manufactured by Gothaer Waggonfabrik and designed by Horten Brothers.
4. Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet
This rocket powered jet was the fastest aircraft of the time followed by P51 Mustang fighter USA which travelled at the speed 708 Km/hr. Komet travelled at the speed of 1130 Km/hr.
Its fast speed was both a boon and a curse for it. Due to its fast speed, it was safe from the enemy fighter planes from becoming their target. But because of the same high speed, it itself failed to accurately target the enemy fighter planes.
So despite being a highly advanced war weapon, it failed to make any impact in the Second World War.
5. Sonic Cannon
In 1940, the Nazi scientists achieved success in building cannon that used sound as a weapon. It could produce such a high intensity of sound waves that a person at a distance of 50 meters would be killed.
Its vibrations were so strong that the solid parts inside a human body would melt down and convert into liquid form.
This weapon was very heavy and inconvenient to move and its range was not so far so that it can be useful and that’s why it never happened to came out of the test lab.
6. Sun Gun
Sun Gun was a theoretical weapon of the Nazis which was thought by a German Scientist Herman Obert. He theorized that a 100 meter wide concave mirror would be focused on a particular spot on earth. Nazis took the theory quite seriously at the time of the Second World War and prepared an imagination of a space station at the height of 8,200 Km in the space where this sun gun would be placed.
Scientists had also calculated that if the rays coming through the mirror were put over a reflector made of metallic sodium, it would boil up an ocean or burn of a city.
This hyper genius imagination never came to reality though.
7. Fritz X
Fritz X was a German air-launched anti-ship missile which is also popular by the name “grandfather of modern smart bombs”. It’s the world’s first precision guided weapon ever deployed in combat and the first to sink a ship in combat. Before Fritz X, only radio controlled weapons used to be deployed.
This German radio-controlled Fritz X glide-bomb was used first time in 1943. It attacked the ‘Savannah’ ship of USA and caused her extensive casualties such that it could never return to the war.
It operational range was up to 5 Km, and it could travel with a speed of 770 miles/hr (1235 Km/hr).
8. V-2 Rocket
It was the world’s first ever long range guided ballistic missile system also known as A-4. These were liquid propellant rockets that were manufactured at the time of WW-II.
It was the greatest success of the Aggregat series ballistic missiles designed by a research program of Nazi Germany’s army (Wehrmacht) in 1933–45.
German researchers wanted to build an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit far up to USA.
It is said that USA’s space rockets are also based on the V-2 rocket science.
Its max speed was 5760 Km/hr and 2880 Km/hr at impact. Peenermünde art and design center was the place where it was born. In September 1944, over 3000 V-2s were launched by the Nazi forces against the Allies.
According to a 2011 BBC documentary, the V-2 caused deaths of about 9,000 civilians and military personnel, while 12,000 forced laborers and concentration camp prisoners died producing the weapons.
9. STG 44
STG 44 is known as the world’s first assault rifle. AK47 and M16 are inspired by its design. Hitler was so impressed with this rifle that he himself named it, but because of its delayed arrival, it could not be used in the WW-II.
It had infrared vision attachment which advantaged the German forces during night. It had a curved barrel that allowed the user to hit targets at a line difference of 30 degrees of angle.
As per records, 425977 units of STG 44 rifle were manufactured. It could fire 500 to 600 rounds per minute.
Its effective firing range was 300 in automatic firing & 600 meters in semi automatic firing.
10. Goliath Tracked Mine
Leichter Ladungsträger Goliath is its full name and it was nicknamed ‘Beetle Tank’ by the allies. What looked like moving toys, were actually remote controlled German made demolition vehicles.
It could carry 60 to 100 kilograms of explosives (depending upon the model type) which was enough to blow buildings, bridges, and even tanks.
It could be operated from a distance with the help of a joystick and was blasted when it reached the target. Its wired controlling system was its weakness as it would get disconnected from the control point if wire is pulled or cut. Its speed was only 6 miles an hour, so it was easy to notice and neutralize.
7, 564 Goliaths were produced at the time but it was also considered unsuccessful because to high manufacturing cost per unit.