Some Weird And Bizarre Weapons Used In World War II – World war II which started in 1939 until 1945 and involved almost majority of world countries is a quite fascinating topics to talked about.
The battle between allies versus axis power in this long war believed to be the deadliest war ever happened. Deaths directly caused by the war are estimated at 50–56 million, and an additional 19–28 million deaths from war-related disease and famine.
Desperation to find some way win the battle give birth to some weird and bizzare ideas. That is the reason why we can find a lot of weird and bizarre weapon which used in world war II on both sides, and in this article we will discuss some of those weapons. So stay tuned and enjoy the read.
Some Weird And Bizarre Weapons Used In World War II
X-Class Midget Submarines
Class x was a series of submarines built by the British Royal Navy during World War II. These tiny submarines only moved 30 tons of water when submerged, were 15.55 meters (51 feet) long, and had a crew of 4 (commander, navigator, engineer and diver). They were to be towed to a designated location by a full-size “mother” submarine. The X-craft would then disconnect and infiltrate the target, placing two side charges each containing 2 tons of amatol.
They will then run away and meet the “mother” submarine, which will be towed home. The first attack was on the German battleship Bismarck. Six X-units were commissioned for operation, but two were killed in accidents en route, and the third suffered mechanical problems.
The fourth X-ship is believed to have been sunk by German fire during the attack. The other two managed to press charges and seriously damage Bismarck. Other X-craft played an important role with regard to the D-day landings.
- Ohka Suicide Plane
If X-class submarine is a tiny submarine produced by allies, ohka is a tiny single person suicide plane from the imperial japanese army. Ohka was developed at the last minute to destroy the American fleet. It was a specially constructed kamikaze plane, armed with a warhead weighing up to 1,200 kg. Since it had no landing gear, it was brought to its destination by a G4M “Betty” bomber.
Once in range, Ohka was released and directed towards the American ship by the pilot. He would go diving before igniting 3 rocket boosters, which would accelerate him to 650 miles per hour before colliding with an enemy ship.
At such a high speed, it would be almost impossible to shoot down with anti-aircraft fire. Even though more than 800 were built, only a few were used as most were piled up for the anticipated invasion of Japan that never came thanks to the atomic bomb.
This german plane have some similarity with the japanese ohka because it’s quite suicidal to operate this fighter plane. Nazi Germans created a unit that they hoped would temporarily stop the British and American bomber offensive to give them time to build enough of a powerful Me 262 jet fighter to counter Allied bombers. This unit was to fly Me-109 fighters, which had been stripped of weapons and armor in order to increase their speed.
Hermann Goering, commander of the Luftwaffe (German air force) proposed that these fighters wait for bombers at high altitude. They could then dive into the enemy at high speed and use their propellers to destroy the tail of the bomber, after which the German pilot would attempt to jump to safety.