Wunderwaffe

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Wunderwaffe (German for "Wonder Weapon") was a term used by German World War II propaganda for claimed revolutionary "superweapons". Most of these weapons however remained prototypes, which either never reached the combat theater, or if they did, were too late or in too insignificant numbers to have a military effect. However, some of these weapons proved to be successful and have had a large influence in post war designs.

  • Type XXI U-boot Submarine (German Electric boat). The first submarine that was capable of being underwater of a longer period of time. 118 were build, but came too late to have influence in the war. After the war they were used by serveral other countries; (France, USSR, UK and USA)
  • Graf Zeppelin and Flugzeugträger B Aircraft carriers. Never completed.
  • Conversation of SS Europa Aircraft carrier. Would be 30 meters longer than the Graf Zeppelin. Never completed.
  • Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte Supertank. 35 meters long, 11 meters high, with a weight of 1000 tons, armed with two 280mm cannons. Planned, one 280mm cannon was reserved.
  • Horten Ho 229 Jetaircraft. First jetaircraft with the flying wing-concept and first stealthbomber. 3 build. USA based the B-2 Spirit on this plane.
  • Aggregate 4 (V2 Rocket) Ballistic missle. First ballistic missle. Over 5.200 build.
  • Schwerer Gustav Super-heavy artillery. Railway siege guns, 47,3 meters in length, 1350 tons in weight, equiped with a 800mm gun. 2 build.
  • Sturmgewehr 44 Assaultrifle. First assaultrifle. 425.977 build. After the war model for the AK-47.
  • Sturmgewehr 45 Assaultrifle. Successor of the Sturmgewehr 44. 30 prototypes build.

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