We know that the Nazis had the weirdest concepts and ideas when it came to creating weapons of destruction during times of war. They had curved rifles, bouncing bombs, and even ball tanks. You name it. They probably have tried it. Some of their weapons like the first jet fighters, ballistic missiles and submarines running submerged on hydrogen peroxide were startling innovations, while others were duds. Perhaps it was Hitler’s fascination and hunger for technological advancement, or maybe it was his desire to reign over the world and mass murder people. Whichever it was, it led to the creation of one of their most daring, ambitious, and unorthodox weapon ideas: The Sun Gun. Kind of like the Death Star, but not quite. It uses the heat of the sun to aim and fry any place or country that they wish to fry.

Nazis’ Attempt at Technological Advancement

The Third Reich was the height of many amazing scientific feats that proved to be great inventions and ideas. Fritz X, for instance, is often referred to as the first type of smart bomb to be ever made, with its radio-guided technology that could carry explosives up to 700 pounds. It could drop the bombs at an altitude of 20,000 feet, and it could accurately hit moving targets like enemy warships. It was Fritz X that sank the HMS Warspite, HMS Spartan, and the HMHS Newfoundland.

Fritz-X at RAF Museum Cosford. (Arjun SarupCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

There was also the Messerschmitt 163 Komet that saw action late in the war but was still able to cause devastating effects as the first rocket-propelled plane. Komet could reach speeds of about 700 mph in a vertical drive, close to the sound barrier, which was around 767 mph. This, however, was slightly impractical because it could only run for about 20 miles before running out of fuel. Regardless, it was still an impressive weapon during its time.

These were just two of the many successful “firsts” of the Nazis in terms of weapons, proof that the Fuhrer really meant business when it came to exploring the limits of technology.