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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2023 8:54 p.m. PST

… and why it failed

"The V-3 "supergun" was meant to win the war for Germany. In 1943, for the first time since World War II began, Hitler was on the back foot. Allied bombs were devastating German cities and the Fuhrer was rattled. His proposed V-3 cannon would be the biggest gun the world had seen.

The V-3 was built in a truly enormous bunker buried deep in a chalk hill in northern France. Millions of tonnes of rock were excavated by hand and among the workers were hundreds of slave labourers. In its original conception, 25 barrels were to point at London – about 100 miles away – delivering up to one bomb per minute and to create an environment of fear that would turn the course of the war back in Hitler's favour. And it was a doomed secret "drone" mission to destroy the V-3 that led to the death of Joe Kennedy Junior, a pilot and older brother of the future US president, John F Kennedy…"

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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Aug 2023 4:55 a.m. PST

Hitler needed a few of these:

Seriously, I'm concerned that no one else seems to be concerned about the potential for military use of this thing. Some rogue state could use one to threaten an entire region with long-range bombardment.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2023 5:48 a.m. PST

I believe Iraq was building one, however, the British put an end to the supply of high pressure pipes before completion.

Disco Joe15 Aug 2023 11:54 a.m. PST

They mentioned this on the History Channel Dark Marvels last evening but I don't believe they referred to it as a supergun.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2023 3:29 p.m. PST



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