12/02/20 weapons are the worst weapons of the Second world war
the Second world war became a proving ground for hundreds of new types of weapons. Opponents wanted to create their own “weapon of retaliation”, but in combat it is often not only had low efficiency, but also threatened those who had applied.
the Pistol the Nambu Type 14 (Japan)
Despite the fact that the Nambu pistol from the 1920s to 1940-ies was the main personal Goianapolis Imperial army, he is considered one of the worst automatic pistols of WWII. Nambu had low fire power was heavy and awkward to use. A special feature of its design was the ability to produce fire before the breech part of the weapon was locked. Because of this accidental touch of the trigger often led to spontaneous shot. No wonder it was considered that the Nambu is more dangerous to its owner than to an enemy.
Heavy flamer Grossflammenwerfer (Germany)
Heavy German flamethrower of world war II consists of a conventional cylinder supplied with compressed gas cylinders, and straps to hand-carry. This design with curved outlet pipe is connected to the hose. The weight of the flamethrower demanded a settlement, consisting of at least two people.
because of the high danger carried this “liquid bomb” in the calculation is usually assigned to criminals or deserters. Military anti-Hitler coalition considered Grossflammenwerfer barbaric weapon and was using his Wehrmacht soldiers to take no prisoners.
submachine Gun STEN MK II (UK)
This weapon is a firing range of 70 meters and a capacity of 32 cartridge was commissioned by the British military in 1940. To the disappointment of the British soldiers of the mechanism of the gun STEN was slightly undone and very often did not work. In addition, in the report it was reported that hbullets on the range, Bouncing off targets.
a British expert in the field of military security Jill Dohert, trying to justify bad development, wrote: “At the time, Britain tried to seize, and had a large number of weapons, STEN quickly and easily assembled, and it was much better than nothing.”
Krivostvolny weapon (Germany)
In 1943, the Wehrmacht officially adopted the device for firing from cover Krummerlauf (“Bent barrel”). It was a standard assault rifle with an attached curved trunk, periscopic sight, with a capacity of 30 rounds and a firing range of 2 kilometers, which was supposed to fire from cover at an angle of 30 and 45 degrees.
the Soviet soldiers called this gun “the treacherous”, which is “for the cowardly shooting from the corner”. The idea was promising, however, to bring it properly to life failed. Having spent a lot of time and money to design Krummerlauf, the German developers decided that the serial production rifles will fly to the penny, and the efficiency will be extremely low.
EN Masse anti-tank hand grenade M1, the Americans began to use since 1942 in the North African campaign. It was a single rocket launcher with explosives, weighing 1.5 kg and a range of 150 meters. One of the problems with “Bazooka” – a powerful flash that could pour arrow fire. Later models of the rocket launcher already had the rear armoured shield.
Another problem is more serious. “Bazooka” was only effective at short distances, however, the American Marines, it was extremely difficult to get close to the tank of the enemy in the desert. For the time of the Second world war was not a single recorded case of destruction of the tank “Bazooka”.
“Gustav” and “Dora” (Germany)
Two supermassive German guns with a caliber of more than 80 cm “Gustav” and “Dora” was supposed to intimidate the enemy, but to inflict significant damage. These gHanty that have no analogues in the world, could only be carried in parts. Assembly, installation and operation of cannons were made in the prepared place involving unimaginable number of staff – about 4,000 people.
two guns only “Gustav” took part in the battle. During the siege of Sevastopol in 1942, he made 42 shot shells weighing in at 4800 pounds each. German military expert Alexander Ludek called giant cannon “technological masterpieces”, but said that they are “in fact a waste of materials, technological expertise, and human resources.”
the Plane kamikaze the Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka (Japan)
By the autumn of 1944 the Japanese were also able to create weapons with a rocket engine, with which they were going to fight with the U.S. Navy. It was the plane kamikaze “Oka” carrying 1000-pound bomb, which was lifted in the air another more powerful machine – Mitsubishi G4M. After undocking from the rocket, the kamikaze pilot was in planning mode to bring your plane-projectile as close as possible to the target, then turn on the rocket engine and RAM the ship.
the Us Navy pretty quickly got used to neutralize the rocket threat. The launch range of “Oka” was much less than the radius of fighter cover carrier battle groups, and therefore, most of the Mitsubishi G4M and got lost on the approach, and not having to release the projectile. Once the rocket-kamikazes managed to sink the American cruiser.
“non-rotating projectiles” (UK)
Its part in the missile weapons of the Second world made by the British. “Non-rotating projectiles” is anti-rockets with wires attached and parachutes that were supposed to create in the air the likeness of a minefield. While the shell slowly descended, he threatened for flying a number of aircraft that could snag the wire, pull the missile to the hull and explode.
However, in reality, “non-rotating shells” home the danger is not the enemy. A small change in the strength and direction of wind missiles could plan on the ship, from which they were launched. Despite the risk of suicide bombing, the British quite extensively used this weapon in the first days of the war.
Crawler mines “Goliath” (Germany)
With remote-controlled tracked vehicles “Goliath” the Germans were able to deliver almost any purpose, including armored vehicles, crowds, buildings or bridges, 66-pound bomb. Only in 1942 was made more than 4600 “Goliaths”, including carrying the 88-pound mines.
To the disappointment of the Germans self-propelled mines proved to be extremely cumbersome, unwieldy and difficult to manage. In addition, the toy was too expensive (from 1000 to 3000 Reichsmarks) and vulnerable to any anti-tank weapons. However, the Germans persistently used the “Goliaths” until the end of the war.
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