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    Rarely seen WWII tools of warfare

    While in Berlin I had the chance to visit the German Technical Museum, among its many fine collections are some of the rarer seen Nazi tools of warfare

    "Biber" one man mini sub, used in the final months of the war as primarily a defensive weapon, most of the operators died of CO2 poisioning IIRC





    Some type of gyrocopter which i am unfamiliar with, since it is unpowered I assume this was an invasion or clandestine ops only vehicle which allowed the occupant to autorotate in.
    If anyone knows more please post.



    one of the early flying wing glider prototypes I believe, i dont know any of the specifics


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    V1 along with some other prototypes






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    It was off hours and I was alone in this wing of the museum, I had the chance to spend some time alone in one of the original "final solution" rail cars...

    it left me speechless for quite some time, I didnt expect such intense feelings

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    Gyrocopter
    "Focke-Achhgelis FA-230 Bachstelge the rotary-wing kite which was towed by U-boats to give their observers greater height" rotors are made of wood (ribs and skin) to lower the radar profile and because of shortages of lightweight metals.

    Winged missle in front of V1 -
    Henschel HS-293 - the worlds first radio controled glider bomb - launched from aircraft and guided visually. Used mainly against shipping it was responsible for sinking the Italian Battleship Roma when the Italian fleet surrendered to the Allies in September 1943.

    Missle against the wall -
    Rheintochter - two-stage anti-aircraft rocket, some were radio-controlled from ground based RADAR - two models Mark I at 20 feet in length and the Mark II 17 feet - quite effective but only 80 of the Mark Is were ever launched.

    Incomplete missle -
    Appears to be another glider bomb the Schmetterling. Some 60 were produced but never used. Like the HS-293 it had strap-on rocket boosters (4) to aid in launching. The pod on the bottom of the HS-293 I believe is the booster.

    The flying wing is probably one of the many glider prototypes built by Horten to work out control problems. Jet powered versions were designed. Most of the construction was of wood.

    Source - German Secret Weapons: Blueprint for Mars by Brian Ford copyright 1969 Brian Ford

    Info on the Biber (beaver) can be found here

    From Brian Ford's book (Regarding the researchs project of Draegerwerk company in Lubeck): ...the air purification apparatus they evolved for submarine use. It was designed to draw air from a midget submarine through a mixture known as "Kalkpatrone" (soda-lime) and then, after the addition of extra oxygen from a cylinder of the gas, the mixture was returned through a rubber pipe to the occupants. If the 'pilot' of such a midget submarine wished to conserve oxygen, it was possible for him to plug a mask-hose on an adapter on the outlet tube and then breathe it through the special injector apparatus and the soda-lime container, thus taking only the oxygen needed for his personal requirements. He breathed out through the mask, which contained a one-way valve letting the waste gases straight out into the compartment. Thus, though oxygen economies were effected, carbon dioxide accumulated in the atmosphere - although it was naturally, removed by passage over the soda-lime from the air he was about to inhale. This was not a good principle, and in later models of this type it was found to be preferable to allow the exhaled gasses to be passed throught the soda-lime before returning to the compartment. In this manner the carbon dioxide levels were kept low.
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    Very interesting. Thanks for the pics.

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    The rail car is very Interesting!

    I notice a curious lack of "emblems" on those other items. I've heard that the swastika (and just about anything else reminiscent of Nazism) was outlawed in Germany but I wouldn't have imagined it would carry over to including pieces in a museum.

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    Amazing stuff, Av

    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    The rail car is very Interesting!

    I notice a curious lack of "emblems" on those other items. I've heard that the swastika (and just about anything else reminiscent of Nazism) was outlawed in Germany but I wouldn't have imagined it would carry over to including pieces in a museum.
    Yeah, it's amazing how such a prominent symbol in history is outlawed even in museums.
    I build a lot of scale models and I always get a little ticked off when they don't include the swastika on any of the German planes. (I would like them to be exact replicas.)
    Pretty ridiculous, IMO.
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    That cattle car is not much different than the cargo containers the US and allies used in Afghanistan to hold and transport "enemy combatants". Nothing ever really changes except the names and places.
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