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german wind cannon....

Discussion in 'Weapons' started by sniper1946, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. sniper1946

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    Wind Cannon

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    Like the Vortex Gun, the Wind Cannon was also developed by a factory in
    Stuttgart during the war. It was a type of gun that would eject a jet of compressed air against enemy aircraft. It was a strange device consisted of a large angled barrel like a bent arm resting in an immense cradle like some enormous broken pea-shooter lying askew. The cannon worked by the ignition of critical mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen in molecular proportions as near as possible. The powerful explosion triggered off a rapidly-ejected projectile of compressed air and water vapor, which, like a solid "shot" of air, was as effective as a small shell. Experimental trials of the cannon at Hillersleben demonstrated that a 25mm-thick wooden board could be broken at a distance of 200m. Nitrogen peroxide was deployed in some of the experiments so that the brown color would allow the path and destination of the otherwise transparent projectile to be observed and photographed. The tests proved that a powerful region of compressed and high-velocity air could be deployed with sufficient force to inflict some damage. However, the aerodynamics of a flying aircraft would almost surely neutralized the effectiveness of this cannon. In addition the effects of the cannon on a fast-flying aircraft was quite different from that on a fixed ground target. Still, the cannon was installed on a bridge over the Elbe, but with no significant results -- either because there were no aircraft or simply no successes (as one might suspect). The wind cannon was an interesting experiment but a practical failure.
     
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    Thats very interesting thanks for posting. I love looking at exotic mechanical "things" that the Germans make. My favorite has to be the sturmgewehr that shoots around corners.:machinegun:
     
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    thanks mauser,pretty weird as you say...ray..
     
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    The Germans seemed to be looking for "wunderwaffen" in every field, some were pretty bizarro, like the "ice bomb", the "sound cannon" (which has become popular these days), the V-3 "high-pressure pump" multi barreled cannon, and others.
     
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    too much time, money, and effort chasing the ultimate weapons! eh clint...
     
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    Stg.44 assault rifle with the Krummlauf Vorsatz J (curved barrel) attachment, which was designed to be fired "around the corner" or from inside the armored vehicle
     
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    The Japanese were "in on" wierd weapons themselves. They were trying to develop a Sound (or) Radio Waves, Cannon",. For lack of better wording.
     
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    when i heard "wind cannon" i thought it meant fan LOL
     
  10. sniper1946

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    hence the term "to put the wind up them";):D
     

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