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Its time for the next What if/Could it? thread. I know I said I am trying to move away from WWII, and I am, but I actually just thought of this one today, and really wanted to post it. This is not the second WWII themed thread I mentioned a while ago, that is coming next.
The German Secret Weapons of WWII, often called Wonder Weapons, have been remembered today as starting points for many modern weapons.
It has often been wondered if had these projects been given more funding and/or started earlier, if they could have given Germany a Decisive edge in WWII, or even turned the war around in 1943 or 44.
The specific weapons I am referring to are:
The V-1 Buzz Bomb, the worlds first Cruise Missile
The V-2 Rocket, the World's first operational Ballistic Missile
The ME-262 Jet Fighter
The He 162 Volksjaeger jet fighter
The Arado Blitz Jet bomber
The Fritz X Guided Bomb
The Henchsel Hs 293 and 294 guided air to surface missiles.
The X-4 Air to Air Missile, or even its planned variant, the X-7 Anti-tank Missile
The Large Bombers, such as Me 264 and Ju 390, part of the Amerika Bomber project
The Me 163 Rocket powered interceptor
The Stg 44 Stumgeweher Assault Rifle
and the Panzer VIII Maus, in which there is reasonable suspicions that it may have seen limited action in the Berlin Campaign.
as well as any others I have forgotten, my only rule is that the weapons to be discussed MUST have had at least one operational prototype tested and/or seen some action. basically, it has to have some real world data to work off of, like how we have the specs of the Panzer Maus.
Planned modified versions are ok as well, such as a guided anti-ship V-2 rocket for example
NOTE: I would like to leave out the German Atomic Bomb program, as it's potential effect on Germany's chances are imo rather clear and obvious, imagine a Nuclear Barbarossa, the decisive edge is clear imo.
So, could any of these weapons, given more funding and development or having been started on earlier (preferably pre-war), could they have led Germany to victory, or maybe turned defeat into victory?
"we have officially entered into pre-whinning about our games."- Cogre
I will always respect differing opinions on here, so long as they are presented maturely and in a civil manner
"No Battleplan ever survives contact with the enemy"- Helmuth Von Moltke the Elder