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Germans planned to build 'sun gun' weapon


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#16    Zaphod222

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:24 AM

View PostWhoop whoop, on 02 April 2013 - 02:44 PM, said:

If i was making a death ray i wouldnt use mirrors, I would use a series of magnified glass starting with low magnification working my way up to super high magnification so the uv rays that are put into one end are outputed and focused at what ever needs too be destroyed. I think it would be a brilliant way to stop asteroid"s and meteor's without having to use nuke's in space.

And I am sure you would add lots of apostrophe`s<sic> to your giant magnifying glass, LOL

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:27 PM

View PostSaru, on 02 April 2013 - 11:49 AM, said:

Back in 1945 it was revealed that German scientists had been planning to build a giant space mirror.

How did they not win?


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

View PostGiant Killer B, on 03 April 2013 - 02:27 PM, said:

How did they not win?
Because all these experiments came too late in the war and they were running out of various raw materials to continue production of even "old" technology. For instance, Tiger tanks often broke down because they did not have the right metals to construct final drive bearings capable of taking the strain of such a heavy tank. This brings to mind the old saying "For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost" etc etc. Besides, the vast majority of German equipment was not any better than that used by allies, and in some cases was worse, for instance their rifle was not as good as Red Army or that used by US. They had some good stuff, but the vast majority of their troops were not equiped with MP44, or went into battle with latest model Panther with night vision equipment, or flew ME262. I will give them credit here that they survived for so long not because they had some good equipment, but because they fought with great skill and like tigers to the end. But they were always going to loose.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:45 PM

View Postredhen, on 03 April 2013 - 04:06 AM, said:

All this admiration of Third Reich technologies reminds me of a Werner von Braun quote; "We aimed for the stars, but sometimes we hit London."
Don't confuse my acknowledgement for admiration; they're two very different things.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:10 PM

View PostWhoop whoop, on 02 April 2013 - 02:44 PM, said:

If i was making a death ray i wouldnt use mirrors, I would use a series of magnified glass starting with low magnification working my way up to super high magnification so the uv rays that are put into one end are outputed and focused at what ever needs too be destroyed. I think it would be a brilliant way to stop asteroid"s and meteor's without having to use nuke's in space.

You could also help the next time my yard gets infested with ants!

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:35 AM

View PostCollateral Damage, on 03 April 2013 - 07:45 PM, said:

Don't confuse my acknowledgement for admiration; they're two very different things.

True, sometimes it hard to discern subtle nuances on forums. That said, I do admire the WWII MG42, still being used today in the form of the German MG3 and the American M60. Meanwhile, as far I know, the BundesWehr still does not have winter boots, you'd think they would learn.


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:50 AM

View PostGiant Killer B, on 03 April 2013 - 02:27 PM, said:

How did they not win?

Because they focused on quality not fully understanding quantity needs.  Although the M6 Sherman was no match for practically any German Panzer or Tiger the Americans could replace about 10 for every 1 lost.

They also had no reliable fuel source, towards the end they were relying on petrol and diesel manufactured from coal which was complicated and didn't produce their requirements in quantity.  They had opened up too many war fronts.  Their equipment was pretty hopeless in Russian winters, over confidence led them to think they could finish off Russia before the weather set in.

Probably the most important project, the nuclear bomb was thankfully many years behind the Allies.  Rumour has it that the US and UK were considering using it on Germany if the D-Day landings failed.  This means it was available much earlier than originally thought. Unfortunately many documents remain classified for about another 30 years so we cannot be sure.

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