Hitler's secret weapons during World War II
Hitler's engineers secretly developed some of the most ambitious projects and rapidly produced sophisticated technology decades before its time.
We present to you some very interesting, but rather unknown weapons used by Hitler during World War II. Some of these weapons had incredible impact on the war while others fortunately failed to live up to their potential.
Here's a look at are some of the secret, lethal weapons the Nazi's created during World War II.
#6. THE GOLIATH TRACKED MINE
The Goliath Tracked Mine is a mini-goliath that can be controlled remotely. The mini-goliath might seem like a toy but it is actually devastatingly dangerous. The mini-tank was controlled with a joystick and powered by two electric motors, later replaced by gas burners.
Goliath was designed to carry between 133 and 220 pounds of high explosives and was used to navigate minefields and deliver its explosive payload to defensive positions. The Nazis built more than 7,000 Goliaths during the war and paved the way for radio-controlled weapons.
#5. THE FRITZ X
Considered the "grandfather of smart bombs," the Fritz X was a 3,450 pound explosive equipped with a radio receiver and sophisticated tail controls that helped guide the bomb to its target.
This was primarily because it could be deployed from an altitude of 20,000 feet which was out of reach for the anti-aircraft systems at the time. Less than a month after it was developed, the Nazi's sank Italian battleship Roma off Sardinia in September 1943.
#4. THE HORTEN HO 229
Referred to as "Hitler's secret weapon," the Horten Ho 229 bomber was designed to carry 2,000 pounds of armaments while flying at 49,000 feet at speeds north of 600 mph.
First flown in 1944, the Horten Ho 229 was the world's premiere stealth aircraft, equipped with twin turbojet engines, two cannons, and R4M rockets. The small radar cross-section of the aircraft made it very difficult to track with the radar technology at the time.
#3. THE PANZER VIII MAUS
The Panzer VIII Maus was a super-heavy tank made in 1944. Weighing a monumental 188 tons, the Panzer VIII Maus is the heaviest armored tank to have ever been built.
Only two hulls and one turret were completed before the testing grounds were captured by the advancing Soviet forces. Due to its enormous weight, it was incredibly slow, with its speed topping a mere 13 km/h.
#2. THE SCHWERER GUSTAV
The Schwerer Gustav is the single largest cannon ever built in history. The fully assembled gun weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes, and could fire shells weighing seven tonnes to a range of 47 kilometers.
It was too heavy and it took an enormous number of people to set it up and operate it. As such, only two were ever built. Gustav was destroyed near the end of the war in 1945 to avoid capture by the Red Army.
#1. THE STG 44
The StG 44 is arguably the first assault rifle ever created. After its creation, it became so successful that other famous assault rifles such as the AK-47 were actually derived from it. It is also known under the designations MP43 and MP44.
To take it a bit further, Hitler himself was so impressed with the weapon that he actually named it himself. The StG 44 had very impressive attachments such as the curved barrel which enables the rifle to shoot around corners and even an infrared vision attachment.
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