During World War II (WWII), the world’s super powers set their sights on advancing technology, medicine, and communications in order to be more efficient and fearsome in battle.
Scientists and war weapons experts on both sides developed the most sophisticated war arsenals to increase their chances of winning the war.
Here are some of the most bizarre and deadliest weapons used in WWII.
1. PROXIMITY FUZES
During the war, anti-aircraft guns did not have advance fire control computer systems installed on them, so it was extremely difficult to hit a moving target.
Thereafter, someone came with an idea of installing tiny radars into the anti-aircraft shells.
The shells equipped with radars could then be set to explode once the target is close enough to be detected by it.
The VT or variable time fuze contributed a lot in helping the U.S to survive their battle against the Axis and also the kamikaze tactics of the Japanese Imperial Forces.
2. SUICIDE BOMB DOGS
Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler’s Infantry invaded Soviet Russia by using German “Panzer” tanks in 1942.
The Russians have actively used military dogs since 1924, and during the Second World War, they ‘transformed’ their dogs into anti-tank mines by strapping explosives around their canine soldiers’ bodies.
While training the dogs, they were starved and let loose on stationary Soviet tanks with food hidden under them.
Once the dogs were underneath the tank, they were trained to pull a detonator cord using their teeth.
However, most dogs failed to execute the task in the actual war zone, and would usually turn around and run toward their Russian handler, only to be shot and killed on the spot.
3. M-1 GARAND RIFLE
At the beginning of WWII, the United States Armed Forces were still using the old bolt-action rifles made in the 19th century.
After awhile, they invented the M-1 Garand rifle, a semi-automatic that fires bullets at a much higher rate compared to the old bolt-action rifles.
With the existence of the M-1 rifles, the U.S infantry were able to produce remarkable rates of fire during the war.
The M-1 rifle was given to every U.S soldier and it gave them more advantage to win against their enemies.
4. HITLER’S GUSTAV GUN
Hitler was so eager to invade France that he demanded the creation of a new weapon that could easily pierce the defense of the French Maginot Line, which was the only major physical barrier standing between him and the rest of Western Europe.
According to a documentary called “Top Secret Weapons”, German steelmaker and arms manufacturer, Friedrich Krupp A.G. began to develop Hitler’s Gustav gun in 1941, the year after the fall of France.
The four-story, 155-foot-long gun, which weighed 1,350 tons, shot 10,000-pound shells from its mammoth 98-foot barrel.
The gun’s size was not only its source of strength, but also its downfall.
The only way the massive weapon could be transported was via rail system. Since the gun became an easy target for Allied bombers flying overhead, the project was later abandoned within a year.
5. THE ATOMIC BOMB
More than 150,000 people were killed instantly while injuring another 200,000, when the U.S dropped two atomic bombs in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in August 1945.
Until today, the effects of the deadly radiation from the atomic bombs can still be seen on the surviving Japanese people who experienced the effects of the Atomic bombs first hand.
The atomic bomb was considered as the ultimate weapon of destruction during WWII, and nothing could beat a weapon that was able to take the lives of 150,000 people in an instant at that time.