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What was the greatest invention of the war?

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  1. C.Evans

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    I would also have to say: The USO.

    It is neat imagining seeing Bob Hope and Jerry Colona, at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal-doing some crazy skit. While this is happening, driving the G.I's nuts waiting for Dorothy Lamour or Clair Trevor, to make an apperance on stage wearing revealing clothes. :eek: :eek: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] ;) :D

    I mention this because I met a vet at the gunshow yesterday, that did see such a USO show there on the 'Canal'. I saw his pictures and hope he will eventually let me pay for copies and post here.
     
  2. Wittmann

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    I'd say the V2, as we ow a lot of todays space exploring to this ingenious machine and the research used to built this (horrible) weapen. It also was the base of the cold war when they built as many missles they could to arm with nucs
     
  3. Panzerjager

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    mOST SURELY, THE Me262 or the type xxi u-boat and beyond that the Stgw 43...
     
  4. COMET

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    I would like to say the Me 262, but i am thinking and thinking about this interesting question... and the best thing of the WWII, THE THING that everay side (allied or axis) needed to win the war were...Intelligence services...but probably is not the "best" invention
     
  5. Madcap7

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    1. Penicillin? (American)
    2. Infra-red night fighting devices (German)
    3. Aassault rifle (German)
    4. Cruise Missile (German)
    5. Wire-guided missile (German)
    6. Camara-guided missile (German)
    7. Swept wing (German)
    8. Plastic surgery (British?)
    9. Helicopter? (German?)
    10. A-bomb (British/ American)
    11. RADAR (British?)
    12. Synthetic fuel (German)

    I am sorry, the Jeep should not count because it did not have a perfound affect and it wasn't all that 'special'. You know what I mean, other vehicles could have done the same job as the Jeep and it wasn't an invention.

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    What makes 'the best invention of the War'? An invention that made the most impact on the war? or an invention that made the most impact in the world since its conception?
     
  6. Chris Ray

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    I'M afraid penecillin was not an American discovery but made by Sir Alexander Fleming, a famous British biologist.

    Chris Ray
     
  7. Chris Ray

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    Don't forget the jet engine, first developed by Sir Frank Whittle, another British scientist.

    Chris Ray
     
  8. Smoke286

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    I will go with Radar, if you think of the effect it has even on the world today.
    BTW as far as penicillin goes, I'll have to credit that one to the Brits
    Fleming Discovers Penicillin
     
  9. Madcap7

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    Ok, Ok so it was a British invention. Great, I hate the Americans having 'all' the 'glory'.
     
  10. Chris Ray

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    Don't get too tetchy Madcap, don't forget, the truth is our shield and protector! In fact penecillin was discovered before the war and only really came into its own towards the end of it. If memory serves, Harry Lime in "The Third Man", which is set in Vienna after the end of the war, was dealing in illicit supplies of the drug on the black market

    Chris Ray
     
  11. panzergrenadiere

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    I would have to say the assualt rifle. It took over as the main infantry weapon for every army.
     
  12. Madcap7

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    With Penicillin I am refering to it in tablet form. Which was made in WW2
     
  13. Madcap7

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    Me touchy, sirly not! :cool:
     
  14. C.Evans

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    I dont recall if it was ever mentioned before but, the USO, was another great invention in ww2.

    Bob Hope and Jerry Colonna, Dorathy Lamour, Marlene Dietrich (much to the Germans chagrin) :(
     
  15. Madcap7

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by C.Evans:
    [QB]I dont recall if it was ever mentioned before but, the USO, was another great invention in ww2.QB]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


    You mean the USO-Show? If so I am afraid it can not be included.....It was not an invention.
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