During World War 2, there were hundreds of cutting-edge and often bizarre
weapons, many of them were so famous. But there were plenty of them that did
not get the same popularity. Here are 10 of such ones you may not have known it
1. V3 Cannon
Have you ever heard of Vergeltungswaffe? Then you would have heard about of
a mass destroyer bomb, Before V3 Cannon there was V1 cruise missile and the
V2 rocket that was before it, the V3 (Vergeltungswaffe), also known as “England
Cannon” was another so-called Nazi " vengeance weapon.” this was a super gun
that was capable of firing artillery shells across the English Channel from France
to London. The operation of the V3 was according to a multi-charge principle in
which secondary propellant charges were fired to progressively accelerate the
projectile as it moved along the barrel of the cannon. When it was set on trial, the
V3 achieved a range of up to 55 miles (88 km), making it a deadly weapon.
2. Dora and Gustav Rail Cannons
This duo big guns which were 31.5-inch caliber German cannons were complete
behemoths. Without exaggeration, they are the largest cannons the world has
ever witnessed. Each of these weapons had to be transported in several pieces,
then it will be assembled, and after mounted on a prepared emplacement — this
procedure that required about 4,000 men to set this up. The Nazis deployed an
entire anti-aircraft regiment to protect them, along with special troops to guard
against partisan attacks.
3. Exploding Rats
This was disastrous! hundred of the rodents were bought by an SOE officer disguising as if
students needed them for laboratory experiments. After buying this rats, there was
skin, filled with plastic explosive, and sewn up. The idea was to place a rat among coal
beside a boiler. When they were spotted, they would immediately be thrown on to the fire,
and this will cause a huge explosion.
4. Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka Kamikaze Attack Plane
The Kamikaze attack Plane was a weapon to remember, but to refine its power, the
Japanese had to introduce the Ohka— this was a large piloted bomb. this was a
rocket-propelled aircraft that was designed mainly for Kamikaze attacks and it was
equipped with a 2,643-pound warhead. In the face of attack, this weapon, Ohka will be
carried under the fuselage of a Mitsubishi G4M until its target was at close range. When
the weapon is released, the pilot would have to glide to the target as close as possible,
he will have to hit the rocket engines, and then hit the ship with the bullet at a
5. Soviet Anti-tank Dogs
This weapon was used when the Russians were being overwhelmed, the Red Army
took to desperate measures through the use of the so-called anti-tank dog. Initially,
these dogs were only trained on carrying bombs to a specific target, when they are
there, they release the device with their teeth, and then return to its operator. Since it
was not that possible to have the dogs do this effectively, the Soviets relied on much
simpler strategy: just blow up the dog.
These suicide dogs were taught that their food is at the bottom of tanks. So, with a
bomb wrapped around their neck, and with keeping them hungry — the hungry dogs
would desperately run to their targets in searching for food, not knowing their eventual
fate. The bomb will detonate as the lever attached to the rig hits the tank as the dog
dived under to search for food.
6. Ruhustahl SD 1400 “Fritz X” Radio-controlled Bomb
This was an air-launched German radio-controlled bomb. The main function of this
bomb was to destroy those heavily armored naval targets. It was based on the standard
SD 1400 armor-piercing bomb, but it featured superior aerodynamics, four small wings extending 4.4 feet (1.35 m) across, and a tail. For the bomb to be dropped, a gunner will have to fly directly over the intended target, thus leaving him highly exposed.
7. Henschel HS 293 Radio-controlled Glide Bomb
This was the most effective guided weapon of the war, it was a radio-controlled glide
bomb — it was a bomb that destroyed numerous destroyers and trading ships. When it
is released by a German carrier aircraft, its rocket would fire for about 10 seconds, and
after that, it glides to its target for the rest of the way. It even featured a light installation at its rear so that the gunner could easily observe it, either at night or day
8. Unrotated Projectile
This was a British innovation, the Unrotated Projectile was a short-range rocket-firing
an anti-aircraft weapon which has wires and parachutes attached. The idea behind this
was to create an aerial minefield. As these rockets slowly drifted back down, any
aircraft flying through the deployment area would be a risk of snagging a cable which
would pull the rocket towards it and detonate on impact.
9. X-Class Midget Submarines
This is Italian innovation, it’s a tiny four-man British sub that could reach distances of
1,200 miles, it can travel at a speed of 6 knots, and also dive to a depth of 300 feet, and
Each mini-sub displaced about 30 tonnes of water when submerged. It only had one
access hatch, which proved to be a major headache during emergencies.
10. Goliath tracked mine
was a remote-controlled demolition carrier.