Weird WW2 Weapons You Never Heard Of

What were the weirdest weapons of World War 2 – and why have you never heard of them?

The Krummlauf Curved Barrel Rifle sounded like a great idea to German engineers – a rifle that could shoot around corners! But it was undone by the fact that shooting a bullet through a curved pipe was tricky and dangerous, and broke the barrel as often as not.

Hitler liked big, showy weapons, and few were bigger and showier than the Gustav Rail Cannon. This massive rolling cannon looked like a metal dinosaur and shot high-powered shells – but it needed four thousand soldiers to assemble it! No wonder only a few were ever built.

Allied scientists had much smaller ideas for deadly weapons – training pigeons and bats to serve as bombs. They would essentially be tiny kamikaze bombers, but animals are unpredictable and the projects were never finished. It certainly didn’t help when some explosive bats blew up a general’s car.

But no strange WW2 weapon was more spectacular than the Great Panjandrum. This massive rocket-propelled pair of connected wheels was designed by the British to roll through Nazi barricades and deliver powerful payloads. There was just one problem – it didn’t work. While it never quite moved accurately enough to be deployed in combat, it sure looked cool.

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  1. Inphographics show: WW2 weapons you have never heard of.
    Me: well, what If I am a WW2 veteran?

    Edit: I am not actully a WW2 veteran, happy Veterans Day everyone!

  2. Well the Gustav gun was designed to defeat the Maginot line. The Germans simply went around so the Gustav gun never got to be used for what it was designed to do.

  3. IG Show: calls MP40 a battle rifle.
    Also IG Show: Calls a railway cannon a 'rolling cannon' without mentioning the rails.
    Also, these weapons are by no means 'unknown'..
    Delete vid and retry.. 😉

  4. Another weird weapon is the German Goliath Tracked Mine. Its the size of your toilet. Its also wired onto a remote control and can be detonated by a push of a button. The downside is its heavy, a problem for light infantry, easily gets stuck in mud, easy to disarm, just cut the wire and the wire can get stuck. Come to think of it, its like the RC-XD in Call of Duty.

  5. Uh…u can call me a nerd for this but…that tank is actually a Yugi card , like actually I think it's like a xyz rank 10 or 11 or something , if u find it and compare the tank to the card and see there's a lot of similarities

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