What new technology was used in World War 2?

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There were many:
  • The Blitzkrieg tactical warfare (lighting war)
  • Radar, and it's underwater cousin, sonar, had a significant impact in countless military battles. Radar was developed primarily by the British, and was instrumental in winning the Battle Of Britain.
  • The Germans developed rocket propulsion that made the first ever long range missles possible. Nicknamed Doodlebugs by the British, these were launched from Germany and flew deep into England before detonating. Fortunately guidance systems were not yet developed so they randomly fell in areas that sometimes produced casualties and sometimes did not. *NOTE* The Doodlebug, a.k.a. buzz bomb, was one of Hitler's last ( I like to call them) vengeance weapons. It was a 2,000 Lbs. bomb with a mere range of about 500 miles. They were "guided" by programming the simple 4-bit computer on board to cause the missile to dive after a certain number of rotations of the propeller on front. These were amazingly accurate (to the nearest 1 1/2 mile) considering they were firing blind. The first considered successful attack occurred against London on June, 13 1944. *NOTE* (NOT really long range) NOTE: Rocket propulsion was indeed developed and refined during WWII, but it had nothing whatsoever to do with the "Doodlebug," or Buzz Bomb" or V-1 flying bomb. The V-1 was more like a cruise missile, flying at sub-sonic speeds, and using a pulse-jet engine for power. The nickname "Buzz Bomb" came from the odd sound its pulse-jet motor made. The V-1 was often launched using a small rocket engine mounted on its belly, but it was NOT a rocket and did NOT use rocket power to reach its target. It actually flew level for most of its flight, and slow enough for piston-driven fighters to intercept it and kill it.
  • Jet engines. The Germans were the first to produce a jet fighter, but it came too late in the war to have any strategic impact. The jet engine was first invented and patented by the british engineer sir Frank Whittle but at the same time Dr. Hans von Ohain developed the first jet plane but it was rushed so the design had some flaws. The British produced the first the first jet but the Germans got their Me262 into squadron service about 10 days before the RAF got the meteor. Both plane's jet engines were derived directly from Frank Whittles patented design.
  • The Norden Bombsight. Developed by the U.S., it was instrumental in improving the accuracy of bombing in Germany.
  • The Proximity Fuse. Developed by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in the U.S., it was used as an anti-personnel weapon in the Battle of the Bulge, and against Kamikazi bombers in the Pacific.
  • The Atomic Bomb. Little Boy and Fat Man were probably the most significant new technology used in the war. The threat of nuclear weapons was unleashed on mankind as a result of this wartime development especially in the upcoming cold war.
  • Computers and Code Breaking. The British used Collosus, the first electronic computer, to help break codes. Alan Turing, British mathematician and cryptanalyst, changed the course of the Second World War, and created the foundation for the modern computer. It also played a part in the U.S. victory at Midway in the Pacific, preventing the Japanese from achieving what would have been a devastating blow to the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.
  • Aircraft carriers replaced battleships as the centerpiece of naval warfare doctrine. The Americans had lots of battleships in WWII, but used them mostly as floating anti-aircraft platforms. Some say the aircraft carrier was responsible for the defeat of the Japanese.
  • The Germans developed a rubber coating (Albrecht - I am probably spelling it wrong) for their U-boats. It had multiple purposes, but its main purpose was to try and absorb radar waves so the U-boats would be more stealthy and less visible to Allied radar. The coating also, to a lesser extent, made the U-boats quieter when underwater so that Allied ships listening for underwater sounds were less likely to hear the sounds of their onboard machinery etc.
  • Amphibious Landing Vehicles, the landing craft developed in the lead up to D-Day.
  • The biggest difference in weapons from WW1 as compared to WW2 was the use of tanks and aircraft.
  • Nazi Germany invented the first assault rifle the Sturmgehwer or STG-44 Sturm= storm Gehwer=gun= storm gun. Sturm is my last name^^</li>
  • They also mass produced sub machine guns such as the MP40 or Thompson automatic.
  • Plastics and synthetic rubber.
  • Canned foods
  • The Jeep.
  • gas chambers
  • magnetic detonators for sea mines and torpedoes
  • powdered lemonade
  • radio-direction finders
  • FIDO landing strip lights
  • PLUTO oil pipeline from England to France
  • MULBERRY temporary concrete harbours used for landing stores in France following D Day
  • FUNNIES various tank adaptations e.g. CROCODILE tank flamethrower, PETARD heavy explosive charge used against pillboxes, FASCINE material to fill in a ditch so tanks can cross. DD (duplex drive) or swimming tank and others.
  • Cavity magnetron which enabled improved radar to be used on ships and planes and gave us microwave ovens for all our kitchens.




There must have been many more things to come out of the war such as improvements in dyes (huge colour range) and protective clothing.
the Germans developed the ME262 the first jet to enter combat plus tanks had been majorly advanced comparing them to WW1
Radar, jets, rockets, atom bombs
There was a variety of technology available during World War 2. Some of this includes vehicles, ships, artillery, atomic weapons, as well as remote sensing.
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