World War II witnessed the introduction of hundreds of innovative and often curious weapons, many of which became relatively famous.
During World War II, the world’s major controls set their visions on medicine, communications and advancing technology in order to be fearsome and efficient in the battle.
While most of the weapons used became famous, there were plenty of others that never got the same kind of fame or existence.
At the same time, there were a ton of crazy and highly abstract weapons that were considered but never put in use during World War II.
Here is the list of underrated weapons from World War II you probably never knew existed.
Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka Kamikaze Attack Plane
The Japanese introduced this plane – a large piloted bomb, the Okha in September 1944.
This weapon was equipped with a 2,643 pound warhead and was specifically designed for Kamikaze attacks.
During an attack, until the target was within range; the Ohka was carried under the fuselage of a Mitsubishi G4M.
Once released, the pilot would glide as close to the target as possible, hit the rocket engines, and then bullet towards the ship at a horrific speed.
Unfortunately, the allies soon learned to attack the Ohka carrier aircraft before it had a chance to release it, significantly weakening its effectiveness.
Ruhrstahl SD 1400 “Fritz X”
This weapon was an air – launched German radio – controlled bomb with a primary function to destroy heavily armored naval targets.
It featured superior aerodynamics, four small wings extending 4.4 feet across and a tail. This weapon was based on the standard SD 1400 armor-piercing bomb.
It proved to be a formidable weapon. It was used to sink the British Cruiser HMS Spartan, the Newfoundland hospital ship and the British destroyer HMS Janus.
Over 2000 Fritz – Xs were built, however only 200 were ever dropped.
The only problem with this bomb was it could not change directly abruptly, exposing the bomber groups who suffered heavy losses.
Ship-mounted Aerial Mine Rocket Launcher
This weapon was created to protect ships from enemy planes. It was an ill-conceived anti – aircraft measure.
Upon reaching 1000 feet in elevation, it would explode and disperse mines attached to parachutes with the help of 400 feet of cable.
The main idea was to create an aerial minefield wherein enemy planes would become trapped in the mess of cables ultimately downing the plane.
However, the cables, parachutes and mines were easily visible and the enemy pilots had no trouble flying below or above the “aerial minefield”.
This weapon was designed to fire 300 nine – foot – long dart shaped shells every hour. It was devised in the summer of year 1944.
There was a series of secondary charges positioned along the 416 – foot barrel meant to speed up the projectile, which would be able to reach London from over 100 miles away.
But when V-3 became operational, the velocity of the shell was 3280 feet per second, which was estimated to be about half that was needed to reach London.
Around 50 of these weapons were produced by Hitler. But before this weapon came into use, Allied forces bombed and destroyed the gun.
At the end, only two tiny versions of the gun became operational.
Dora and Gustav Rail Cannons
These two 31.5 inch caliber German cannons were absolutely enormous. They are also the largest cannons the world has ever seen.
Each of them had to be transported in several pieces, assembled and then mounted on a location. This process required around 4000 men.
This weapon was deployed to protect them along with special troops to guard against partisan attacks.
Among the two, only Gutsav was put into active service. During the 1942 siege of Sebastopol, it fired 42 shots.
This weapon was enough to destroy an ammunitions dump protected by 100 feet of rock.
Henschel HS 293 Radio-controlled Glide Bomb
This radio-controlled bomb destroyed numerous destroyers and trading ships and was the most effective guided weapon of the war.
This rocket would fire for about 10 seconds, and then glide to its target for the rest of the way.
It was responsible for sinking the British corvette HMS Egret and was first deployed in August 1943.
Later, the Allies figured out how to tap into its radio frequencies reducing its effectiveness as they would interfere with the device.
X – Class Midget Submarines
This weapon was originally an Italian innovation. Each submarine displaced about 30 tonnes of water when submerged.
This submarine could reach distance of 1200 miles, travel at a speed of 6 knots and dive to a depth of 300 feet.
It only had one access hatch, which proved to be a major problem during emergency situation.
A mini tank-like remote – controlled vehicle
This vehicle was like Goliath in stature. This weapon was run with a joystick operated by a controller.
This tank was powered by two electric motors which later got replaced by gas burners and were able to carry more than 100 pounds of high explosions.
It had coiled within its compartments 2145 feet of cable leading back to the controller. It was supposed to deliver its explosive power to their vulnerable undersides.
During the war, the Germans built 7500 Goliaths which paved their way to success.
Soviet Anti – Tank Dogs
Russians were overwhelmed on the Eastern Front by the Wehrmacht; the Red Army bought the use of the so – called anti – tank dog.
In the beginning, these trained dogs were required to carry a bomb to a specific target, release the device with its teeth, and then return to its operator.
Since, this was almost impossible to get the dogs to do so, the Soviets relied on a simpler strategy i.e. to blow up the dog.
These suicide dogs were taught that food awaits them at the bottom of the tanks.
To accomplish this, they deliberately kept dogs hungry with a 26 – pound bomb strapped on.
When released, the dogs would run to their targets in search of food, unaware of their eventual fate.
The Soviets used about 40000 dogs for various army tasks and about 300 places were destroyed by the German tanks.
The weapon was a British innovation which was a short range rocket – firing anti – aircraft weapon with attached wires and parachutes.
The main purpose behind this was to create an aerial minefield.
Any aircraft flying through the deployment area would be a risk of snagging a cable which would pull the rocket towards it when these rockets drifted back down.
The main problem seen was that even a slight change of wind could cause the rockets to drift back onto the ship that launched them.
But, despite these problems this weapon was extensively used in World War II.