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"Well. Jetpack Hitler. Reality has finally jumped the shark."
Ryan Choi, The All-New Atom

Pretty much everyone agrees that the Nazis were very, very bad. So, how do you make them even more intimidating? Why, by giving them Powered Armor and alien allies, of course!

While no such thing would actually happen without serious alterations to the personalities of Hitler and most of the German high command, note  there is some historical precedent. Nazi Germany was the first to create practical versions of numerous weapons and progressed enough in rocketry to injure or kill almost 100,000 British people with a few thousand rockets, and, courtesy of the USA's Operation Paperclip, earned nearly two thousand German scientists (such as Wernher Von Braun) free passports to the US once the war was over along with immunity from prosecution for extensively using slave labour and working thousands of them to death. Many late-war experimental weapons were touted as Wunderwaffen (lit. "wonder weapons') that would enable the besieged Germans to turn the tide of the war and defeat the Allies or at least negotiate for peace.


Despite this reputation for producing very sophisticated weapons and equipment, the reality was that most Nazi super-weapons were incredibly expensive and in the vast majority of cases totally impractical. Moreover, many of them were also less refined and efficient ('advanced') than the experimental devices being tested in the outside world. For example, jetpack technology itself wasn't rendered workable until 1958 and, without an alternative fuel source, still remains impractical today. Many of the super-heavy tank designs Germany came up with in the later years of the war were extremely large and slow, too expensive to build and operate in numbers, and could still be destroyed or disabled by conventional weaponry. Infantry weapons like the FG-42 or STG-44 made use of concepts that were ahead of their time, but their actual performance was spotty due to unreliable manufacturing circumstances and numerous flaws in the actual details of the designs, negating any advantages they had in the first place. Arthur C. Clarke's short story "Superiority" succinctly summarizes many of the problems with the Nazis' approach to the R&D of weapons and equipment.


Ironically, Germany's focus on "wonder weapons" late in the war stemmed from its precarious strategic position, which was so dire (and self-inflicted) that only the notion of some crazy, weird, yet actually successful miracle of a weapon was seen as a viable hope for Nazi Germany's continued existence. And since the actual resources, industry, manpower, and time needed to actually produce any such wonder weapons in significant numbers was insufficient long before the writing was clearly on the wall (and getting ever worse), the diversion of precious resources and industry to these projects just hastened their defeat. Indeed, Freeman Dyson, one of the major scientists for the Allies, called the V-2 missile project so militarily counter-productive that "The V-2 program was almost as good as if Hitler had adopted a policy of unilateral disarmament" In a further twist of irony, many scientists who were driven out of Europe by the Third Reich's discriminatory policies went to work on the Manhattan Project, which produced what is arguably the only true wonder weapon of the war.

Nonetheless, if you have to pick one WWII power to give antigravity and a moonbase, the choice is obvious; after all, it's boring if the good guys have all the toys. Not to mention that Einstein (though a pacifist and a Jew, so hardly on Hitler's Christmas card list) was German (and there are a lot of rumours that the reason why America wanted nuclear power fast is that they thought Nazi Germany would develop it first), and Tesla, although actually Serbo-Croatian (a Slav, so a member of another of Hitler's exterminate-on-sight groups), is frequently confused with this due to the country being part of the Austrian Empire when he was born. Needless to say, the theme is played upon endlessly in pulp callbacks, B-movies, and modern occult works.

Contrast Nazis with Gnarly Weapons, which is about the weapons they had in Real Life. See also Ghostapo, where Nazis use super-demonry rather than (or combined with) super-science; and Soviet Superscience, when it's the Dirty Commies showing up with giant robots and spaceships (sometimes inspired by the stuff they found conquering Berlin). Compare Historical Villain Upgrade. Subtrope of Weird Historical War.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Spriggan, a shortlived manga here in North America/Europe, was FULL of the Fourth Reich trying to use ancient superweapons.
  • Seikon No Qwaser: According to this series, Hitler's wife Eva Anna Paula Braun has the ability to control Mercury at will, AND has remained alive and young for decades by creating clones of herself and then absorbing them. Seems legit.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa has the Thule Society as the main villains. (Who have extensive rocketry in the 1920s. Ayup.)
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Rudolf von Stroheim is a severely maimed Nazi soldier who gets several cybernetic enhancements throughout Part 2, including a telescopic minigun with armor-piercing bullets in his chest and a laser eye. He is one of the good guys. The Jojo of this generation receives a robotic hand from the Nazis as a parting gift after he loses his in battle.
  • Hellsing: while Millennium were primarily about using occult means to accomplish their goals during the war era (most notably the creation of a battalion of vampires) they also use advanced technology such as powerful, missile-shooting zeppelins, and microchip implants which can be used to remotely monitor (and incinerate) their soldiers.
  • Mazinger Z: Big Bad Dr. Hell started out as a weapons researcher for the Nazis (though he kept his best scientific breakthroughs and weaponry designs for himself. He claims -predictably- if he would handed them over to the Nazis, Germany would have won the war).
  • In the manga version of Space Adventure Cobra, it is eventually revealed that Salamander, the leader of the Pirate Guild, is actually Hitler.
  • In The Legend of Koizumi, it turns out that all the Nazis- including Menegle and Hitler- survived WWII up to the present day, and are now living on a moon base. They travel from Earth to the Moon in classic UFOs, and have a gigantic Meteor Cannon that can hit any point on Earth with the strength of a nuke. The only way to stop them? Mah-Jong.
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade has this in the form of the Protect-Gear of the titular brigade, which is capable of shrugging off bullets and explosions, and comes with built-in nightvision goggles.
  • Technology in Izetta: The Last Witch is roughly equivalent to the real-world 1940s, except for the rogue nation of "Germania" which has, among other things, advanced cloning technology and magitek superweapons.

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  • Played with in the Doctor Who audio "Klein's Story"; flashbacks explain that Hitler actually had most alien technology locked up because he feared the implications of advanced intelligence, although the new timeline depicted did come about because the Nazis were able to use future technology to master the use of lasers to refine uranium and win the war.

    Comic Books 
  • DC's All-Star Squadron and the 80s Justice Society of America comics were about the superhero teams fighting the Nazis and Imperial Japan, who had superweapons and supervillains at their disposal. To keep Hitler from being defeated before he was in real life, he also had the Spear of Destiny, which acted as a mind control device for any superhero in Axis territory.
  • The Invaders was about Golden Age Marvel superheroes fighting Nazis with superweapons and villains.
  • This title comes from an issue of The All-New Atom when the eponymous character complains about a sub-microscopic energy life-form masquerading as Hitler with a jetpack.
  • Blackhawk fought a lot of bizarre Nazi superscience (with bizarre Allied superscience). The most famous was the War-Wheel, a large spiked wheel with a centre like a tank from the First World War.
  • Top 10's Neopolis is an entire city designed by expat Nazi Mad Scientists, complete with flying castles, huge megastructures, and teleporters. In The Forty-Niners, some of them try using a time machine to alter the course of the war.
  • The Ultimates: Nazi Germany had Aliens, who helped them with ahead-of-their-time ICBM and atom bomb technology. Fortunately, Captain America was there to save the day.
  • Hellboy:
    • The eponymous character is the result of an occult version of this and he spends most of the comic smashing and/or shooting the results of other Nazi superweapon projects.
    • A crossover with The Savage Dragon revealed that the brain of Brainiape, an evil gorilla with mental powers, was actually Hitler.
  • Many Captain America villains probably fall here. Arnim Zola and the first Baron Zemo are both archetypal Nazi Mad Scientists.
  • Team Triumph with Nazis explaining their plan: [quote] "Zum Teufel, Auf Wiedersehen, giant Nazi robots!" [end quote]
  • In Shazam, Captain Marvel Jr's archenemy Captain Nazi is the most obvious of several DCU supervillains created by Nazi technology. In his more recent appearances, though, he's been given a supernatural origin.
  • In Fables, the Nazis animated Frankenstein's Monster to serve them, only to be stopped by Bigby and a band of Allied soldiers.
  • A 90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic had a Hitler's brain-operated robot travel in time to save his past self so he could later serve in order to be saved for his brain transplant.
  • Superman: At Earth's End has a mutant Gestapo armed with futuristic weapons, an army of half-human half-animal monsters, a giant evil Batman clone-monster, and TWO clones of Hitler himself.
  • An arc in Justice Society Classified involved the disembodied brain of Heinrich Himmler. Who built a giant railgun on THE MOON.
  • One storyline in the monthly Justice Society of America comic is all about a future Nazi Fourth Reich, complete with giant heavily armed war mechs, a means to neutralize all superheroes, and their own supervillains including Captain Nazi.
  • A minor Marvel Comics villain known as The Swarm, mostly associated with Spider-Man, was originally a Nazi scientist who was devoured by mutant bees, and now his corpse controls the swarm. So he's A Nazi... Made of BEES! Seriously, he even managed to have Ghost Rider running scared; as one commentator put it what good is hellfire against fascist bees?
    • In Spider Verse 2019, he received a counterpart on the world of Spider-Man: Noir named Madame Swarm; a female Nazi who used experimental technology, a swarm of bees, and the same enchanted totem that gave Spider-Man his powers to transform herself into a deformed bug-woman with insect-like eyes, bee wings that grant her flight, clawed hands, spikes on her chin reminiscent of a bee's mandibles, and the power to mentally control bees.
  • In the early Wolverine comics, you had Geist, a Nazi cyborg.
  • The Commando comic series was chock full of this. There was little common continuity between the stories in each issue, apart from taking place in wartime. In some of them the Nazis among other things had a nuclear bomb, a moonbase, a time machine, and naturally every time the Allied forces managed to overcome them with absolutely no secret weapons of their own.
  • 2000 AD's strip Time Twisters:
    • It turned out that everyone in the Hitler Bunker was a time traveler there doing historical research on the last days of the Nazis... They built a time machine as the Allies were just outside Berlin. Hitler and Eva Braun escape using the time machine, but it's not been properly calibrated, so they wind up in Prehistoric times as the first man and woman.
    • Another story had Hitler use Mental Time Travel to go back and prevent his own assassination as a baby by Allied troopers. However, this does have the unintended side effect of his younger self's personality leaking into his own upon return to the present which eventually leads to his accidental suicide.
  • Atomic Robo features Nazis with Laufpanzers, Lightning Guns, Super Soldiers, Ghostapo, at least one Kill Sat, and more. Ultimately, most of the tech turned out to be Awesome, but Impractical, and with their resources spread so thinly, the Nazis were left with a bunch of half-finished projects and prototypes that rarely ever saw combat, and that the rest of the world would spend the next several decades fighting to control.
  • Block 109: The Nazis mastered Nuclear Weapons before the Allies did, developed mechas, VTOL airships and advanced jet planes as well as a Zombie Apocalypse virus.
  • The Kieron Gillen-penned Über, published by Avatar Press, is a deliberate deconstruction of the idea that World War II would have been awesome if the Nazis had had superweapons. In the story, the Nazis develop Super Soldiers shortly before the end of the war, and it leads to the war becoming longer and even more horrible than it was in real life.
  • Deadpool #26 has Hitler taking the time travel suit from a future would-be assassin to go after Nick Fury.
  • On Earth-10 of the post-52 DC multiverse, baby Kal-L's rocket lands in 1938 Czechoslovakia, where the Nazis find it. Retro-engineered Kryptonian technology enables them to conquer the world, and a grown-up Kal-L, now Overman, helps them deal the finishing blow. Then Overman realizes just what he's been complicit in, and he tries to atone by building a utopia.
  • While more realistic than most examples in this list, one of Garth Ennis' Author Appeal items is explaining how wartime German hardware was incredibly advanced for its time and how this made most battlefield encounters by Allied soldiers a David vs. Goliath situation that required plenty of sacrifice to be won.note  This has appeared in his war comics (Battlefields and War Stories) and not even The Punisher is exempt from saying Lugers are cool.
  • Wonder Woman (1942): In the Silver Age the Nazi agent Red Panzer shows up in the "present" (1970s) in a time-traveling rocket plane.

    Films — Animated 
  • Animated Polish feature Hardkor '44 (currently in production) pits the insurgents during the Warsaw Uprising against a whole friggin' army of Nazi cyborgs. Click the middle icon on the film's webpage to download zipped concept art.
  • In the film 9, the Chancellor gets his hands on a neutral sentient robot that can build other robots, takes it away from its creator, and works it way past the point that a human would collapse and die. The Fabrication Machine builds an army to rebel against the humans that used it, and all of humanity is wiped out except for the stitchpunk dolls the scientist made.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Captain America: The First Avenger has HYDRA with all sorts of technology way ahead of their time, thanks to the power of the Cosmic Cube. With the exception of the laser guns plus one other thing, all the equipment shown is based on actual Wunderwaffen designs that were either never built or never built en masse. (The other thing is the bomber at the end of the movie that aims to blow up American cities; Although the Nazis did design an Amerikabomber plane, the design they selected looks much more like a traditional plane than the flying wing design used in the movie, although flying wing designs were proposed for the project.)
  • Iron Sky has trenchcoat spacesuits, a Swastika-shaped moonbase, and invading Antarctic Moon-Nazis in Nazi Flying Saucers!
  • They Saved Hitler's Brain, as the title suggests, revolves around a band of Nazi remnants who are hiding on a tropical island with Hitler's disembodied brain preserved by advanced surgical machinery, seeking to create a youthful clone body of Hitler they can then transplant the dictator's brain into order to bring him back from the dead.
  • The Nazi propaganda cartoon shown in The Rocketeer film has an entire army of jetpack Nazis. The movie itself is a subversion. It was explained despite the Nazis' numerous efforts to create a working jetpack, they were unable to, and the plot of the movie revolves around attempting to steal one from the Americans.
  • Outpost revolves around the Nazi project called Die Glocke.
  • Sci-Fi Channel's original movies have a few individual examples:
    • In Reign Of The Gargoyles, after their bomber goes down Allied forces must confront huge, stone gargoyles brought to life and controlled by, you guessed it, the Nazis.
    • SS Doomtrooper pits the Dirty Dozen against a Nuclear Powered Nazi Mutant Super Soldier, controlled (in a hit-or-miss way) by Nazi science.
  • Made fun of in The Great Dictator, where a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Herman Goering is very enthusiastic about various inventions that all fail hilariously in ways that kills their inventors. Fuhrer Adenoid Hynkel is less enthusiastic and finally tells "Herring" to just stop, please.
  • The Nazi flying wing from Raiders of the Lost Ark never existed in real life. The Nazis did finally come up with a working flying wing towards the end of the war (eight years after the film takes place), but it had a different design than the one seen in Raiders so apparently it's an outright fictional aircraft instead of just an anachronism.
  • In Frankenstein's Army, some Russian soldiers stumble upon a gruesome laboratory where Victor Frankenstein's insane descendant has been using surgery, electric reanimation, and Diesel Punk cyborg implants to convert dead bodies into zombie-like Nazi war machines.
  • In P-51 Dragon Fighter the Nazis have dragons. As fighters.
  • In the Nazi Zombie Mockbuster Nazis At the Center of the Earth (made to cash in on Iron Sky), Hitler's severed head is preserved in a glass case atop a huge robotic body not unlike the mech suit he has in Wolfenstein 3D. The Nazis in the movie even have a giant flying saucer!
  • In Where Eagles Dare, Nazi General Rosemeyer arrives at the castle in a helicopter. While the Germans did have rotary-wing aircraft in World War II, it's still a bit of an incongruity (and isn't even a proper craft for the time period, being a postwar American Bell HTL-4). The movie does give a few nods to its being something a novelty (such as Rosemeyer calling it "my machine" and Kramer commenting that it looks dangerous).
  • Parodied in Kung Fury. Hitler has a giant cyborg eagle and a minigun built into his podium.
  • Dr. Scott from The Rocky Horror Picture Show is implied to have been involved in things like this as he's an ex-nazi who was operation paperclipped into an American bureau that investigates UFOs and researches teleportation.
  • Downplayed in the 1964 horror film The Flesh Eaters, where the titular hyper-carnivorous amoeba were the product of a Nazi weapons project that, whilst technically successful, failed to complete itself before it was too late to have any impact on the war. Whilst the Mad Scientist who has recreated them and wants to sell them as bio-weapons to the highest bidder is German, he's not a Nazi—just a ruthless war profiteer who happens to be German.

  • Robert A. Heinlein brought this trope into its modern form by creating Nazis with atomic spaceships on the Moon in Rocket Ship Galileo, written only a couple of years after WWII ended. For the readers of the time, the Nazis were probably the least fantastic part. Men on the Moon indeed!
  • Himmler's War: after Hitler is killed in a bombing run the new Nazi leadership begins to fight a skilled war. A superweapon will be used in conjunction with diplomatic deals, withdrawal from useless territory, and attacks that undermine the Allied morale.
  • Lightning, by Dean Koontz has the Nazis in possession of a working Time Machine, which they intend to use to win WWII by finding out from our time just what went wrong for them when and changing it. Too bad their chrononaut fell in love with a 1980s novelist.....
  • Philip K. Dick's novel The Man in the High Castle describes an alternate 1963 in which Germany and Japan won WWII. The Nazis have developed rockets into a substitute for airplanes and are sending manned rockets throughout the solar system. It is also mentioned that they have drained the Mediterranean Sea, an engineering task requiring advanced technology if ever there was one!
  • In the Axis of Time Alternate History trilogy, thanks to Japan sending captured data, such as body armor and jet engines, to Nazi Germany, the Reich is now much more confident in winning the war. However, the Allies and the Soviets also have access to the technology brought from the future and the initial trilogy ends with Germany and Japan being nuked out of existence, with the Soviet Union in an even stronger position than it was at the end of the War in the real timeline.
  • Monster Hunter International had the Nazis making an alliance with the Old Ones to control time. Unfortunately for them, the time wouldn't be right for it to work for another 68 years.
  • Zach Parsons' book My Tank is Fight! uses and subverts this: it gives detailed statistics on various rejected inventions of WWII (mostly German ones), and then imagines what they would have been like in the field. Most of them fail spectacularly. With the exception of the nuclear bombing of New York, though it doesn't avert the defeat of Germany.
  • This is the plot of James Hogan's The Proteus Operation. In the untampered history, Hitler fell into obscurity after the Beer-Hall Putsch, ushering in a world of equality, prosperity, and peace, but corrupt future plutocrats attempted to establish an empire for themselves by engineering a Nazi victory, then traveling in time to rule the Nazi-conquered Earth. Due to their tampering, the Nazis won WWII in 1942 using nuclear bombs. The book involves time-travelers seeking to undo this. They only manage to partially succeed, resulting in what is heavily implied to be our actual history.
  • David Langford and John Grant's disaster novel parody Earthdoom features Adolf Hitler time-travelling to modern-day Britain, and subsequently cloning himself using a farmer's livestock cloning machine. (The multiple Hitlers then end up on board one of the alien spaceships orbiting Earth at the time, where the aliens deal with them by broadcasting the looped message 'Can you trust the person next to you? He looks a bit Semitic to me...')
  • Danger Boy: Dragon Sword subverts this- a Nazi rocket scientist loudly declares "I am not INTERESTED in traveling through time or making contact with space aliens!"
  • Australian sci-fi author Sean McMullen inverts this trope in his short story The Devils of Langenhagen. In the last days of the Third Reich an Me 262 interceptor squadron is visited by some strange and elegant guests — a couple of high-ranking pilots (and their wives) flying very advanced aircraft (a Horten 229 and a Japanese Shinden canard fighter). It turns out that they're time-travellers on an adventure tour.
  • An illustrated story based on Isaac Asimov's robot concepts involved the Nazis building a terrifying robot nicknamed the Iron Major. Since the robot was possessed by a mad scientist (and it ate human brains), they only succeeded in making one of it.
  • The novel 1945 tells of an alternate 1945 where the Nazis, unencumbered by American involvement in the European War, now patrol the skies of Fortress Europa with a fleet of stealth jet-bombers and rocket planes.
  • Charles Platt's Free Zone includes a visit to an alternate timeline where the Nazis won, took over Earth, Terraformed Mars and populated it with identical Aryan clones.
  • J.R. Dunn's short story "Crux Gammata", while mostly focused on the activities of an American rock band in The '70s putting on a concert in a Nazis-won Alt!Europe, includes mention of Nazi moonbases and lunar aluminum factories.
  • The Faction Paradox novel "Warlords of Utopia" by Lance Parkin has multiple universes worth of allied Nazis working under a Cabal of Hitlers (including, oddly, the only one Hitler child August) who end up in a war against multiple universes of allied Romans (and other semi-mythic empires such as an Amazonian empire). They were all given their parallel universe jumping technology, but the Nazis had supersonic fighters by the end of the wars.
  • John Barnes' Patton's Spaceship had would-be conquerors from another timeline give the Nazis of 1932 copies of Nazi technology and plans from 1944-45. So the Nazis in that world started World War II with the Me 262, as well as a Focke-Wulf fighter that totally outclassed the Spitfire, big heavy bombers, submarines that could communicate and coordinate with each other while submerged — and television-guided V-1s. They also did much better planning for their invasions of France, Scandinavia, and Russia, and they were probably behind the assassination of FDR in 1937.
  • The Atrocity Archive crosses this with Ghostapo since "magic" is really just applied higher mathematics and physics. Part of the reason for the Holocaust was to open a gateway to an alternate universe and bring an Eldritch Abomination (an infovore) through to destroy their enemies. Part of the action of the story takes place in an Alternate Timeline where the Nazis succeeded, then were destroyed by their own creation. After World War II the major powers signed an occult arms-control treaty since none of the parties involved ever wanted to see mass murder used as a strategic weapon again.
  • Deconstructed in The Big One, which takes place in 1947 when Allied technology, especially in aircraft, has moved decisively ahead of that available to the Germans. This is actually a factual representation of the real development trends, which show that by 1945, Allied jet engines (for example) were already more powerful and more reliable than their German equivalents. And, of course, the Allies have atomic bombs. Lots of them.
  • Averted except in two stories in the Alternate History anthology Third Reich Victorious. The majority of stories here have Germany winning with the resources they have on hand, or through increased production. It's played straight in "The Little Admiral" and "Hitler's Bomb." In the former story, Hitler joins the German Navy during World War I, and after being wounded in action at the end of the war, joins the naval research branch and advances ship design to the point that Germany starts World War II with a smaller but well-equipped navy that is able to take on the Royal Navy and win. The latter story has Germany developing the atomic bomb first, and when the scientists involved have a crisis of conscience, they slow their work by blaming the obvious engineering problems of putting an atomic payload on a V2 rocket.
  • It is implied in Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports that the evil scientists who created the protagonists are actually Nazis.
  • In the Distant Finale chapter of The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, set during World War II, Amy recalls taking part in a raid on a Nazi "dark physics facility" that was trying to revive a carnivorous dinosaur frozen in a glacier, and one of her colleagues dealing with "a squadron of Tiger tanks controlled by the bottled brains of dead Afrika Korps commanders". It's also hinted that the Nazis borrowed from the mental assimilation techniques the book's villain used to turn the school into a tightly-drilled hive mind.
  • In Alistair MacLean's Where Eagles Dare, Nazi General Rosemeyer arrives at the castle in a helicopter. While the Germans did have rotary-wing aircraft in World War II, it's still pretty incongruous, and it appears without explanation with everyone already knowing what it is.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Angel certain flashbacks tell that Hitler was planning on creating an army of mind-controlled vampires. This plan failed twice over, since first the submarine transporting the specimens was captured by the Allies, and then the restraints failed, releasing Spike and his Eastern European friends to wreak havoc over the new crew.
  • In the Arrowverse, Earth-X is unique in The Multiverse in that, in that world's history, the Nazis developed atomic weapons first and won World War II. There's a reason anyone who is aware of the multiverse tends to count the number of Earths as 52, not 53, ignoring Earth-X (and not number it).
  • In Danger 5, the eponymous team is tasked with killing a Hitler who has endless bizarre Mooks from clone dinosaurs to Japanese mechanoid super soldiers. At one point, Hitler himself duel-wields golden superweapons. It's a rather unusual action comedy series.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Silver Nemesis": A Nazi in exile dreaming of establishing the Fourth Reich attempts to get his hands on an ancient Time Lord weapon.
    • Inverted in "Victory of the Daleks", where Winston Churchill gets to use advanced alien weaponry (which turn out to be Daleks) against the Nazis.
  • In the Fringe episode "The Bishop Revival" a Nazi officer appears in 2010 to get revenge on the Bishop family for Robert Bischoff's - Walter's father - defection from Germany during the Second World War. He has both a frightening genetically-coded weapon and an impossibly youthful appearance.
  • In the first episode of Galactica 1980, after the Galactica arrived at Earth in 1980 one character wanted to use time travel to go back a few decades so that Earth could get a technological head start on building up defenses for the inevitable day when the Cylons arrived. After Adama et al rejected his idea out of hand he stole a timeship and tried to do it anyway... by giving advanced technological help to the Nazis in 1944. (Good idea, really poor implementation.) Our heroes foiled him, and then the series forgot about time-travel entirely.
  • While Hogan's Heroes usually focused on giving the nazis a huge middle finger by making them, to a man, bumbling incompetents, there was the occasional episode dealing with nazi superscience being sabotaged by the Heroes, such as advanced fighter planes, robot tanks, and drums of heavy water.
  • Kamen Rider
    • A lot of the evil organizations in the early shows are said to base their cyborg surgery on Nazi techniques. Three of the four original Big Bads, Colonel Zol, General Black, and Dr. Shinigami, were all ex-Nazis. Dr. Shinigami perfected the cyborg technology that nearly all following evil organizations would use by experimenting on Jews in concentration camps.
    • One of X's Monsters of the Week is the infamous Starfish Hitler.
    • The Movie for Kamen Rider Decade took this a step closer with Dai Shocker, the spiritual successor of the above big bads, and upgrading the original mooks into Stupid Jet Boot Mooks.
    • According the producers, Ishinomori's original idea of Kamen Rider is that the original Kamen Rider was supposed to be a jetpack cyborg supersoldier of Shocker. Kamen Rider Fourze brings the original concept back to life.
  • An episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman]] involves three Nazis being awoken from suspended animation in the present day, complete with lots of cool toys and at least peak human abilities.
  • In The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode "The Deadly Games Affair", Napoleon is chasing after a high ranking Nazi scientist who was known to have been working on a very secret project near the end of the war. However, when he catches up with the scientist, Napoleon finds a diabolical lab below the scientist's garage, complete with a cryogenically frozen Hitler, who will be awakened using the spy's rare blood type.
  • Occurs in Misfits where an elderly Jewish man with the abilty to time travel goes back to Nazi Germany and kill Hitler. He botches it and leaves his mobile phone behind. The information gathered from the phone is enough to jump the Nazi technology up a few degrees.
  • In The New Avengers episode "The Eagle's Nest", the Avengers prevent an attempt by an enclave of Nazis concealed in a British monastery to revive Hitler's preserved body.
  • In the season three finale of Star Trek: Enterprise, the victorious Enterprise returns home to find that they are in the mid-twentieth century, where aliens have crashed landed and allied with the Nazis. However this turns out to be a subversion as the aliens have only been there for 2 years and were not going to give Hitler any weapons or technology until their time machine was finished. They did have control of the U.S East Coast and a good section of Russia but that was because some different aliens had traveled back in time and killed Lenin resulting in the Soviet Union never forming. The Nazis were already losing land to the Americans and Russians and were hoping the Alien technology would turn the tide back in their favor.
    • The Enterprise did fight Stukas with plasma cannons, which would have done very well against contemporary aircraft. However, they weren't much more than an annoyance to the Enterprise.
  • Tales of the Gold Monkey: In "Black Pearl", the Germans build an atomic bomb in 1938.
  • Timecop: In "Rocket Science", a hipster from the future brings a laptop back to 1944 with all kinds of technological improvements on it. His first idea is to improve the V2 rocket to destroy Britain. Naturally, the hero stops him (after visiting the Bad Future where the Nazis won), and Hitler has the guy shot.
  • The Tomorrow People (1973) storyline "Hitler's Last Secret" is chock full of evil Nazi super-sciencey goodness.
  • Wonder Woman: In "Wonder Woman vs Gargantua" the Nazis had a perfect Wonder Woman mask and advanced animal training techniques. In "The Last of the Two Dollar Bills" the Nazi plastic surgeon transforms two spies into perfect replicas of their targets in two weeks.

  • Gackt's concerts and Ghost music video features a storyline about soldiers and war prisoners turned into Terminator-esque cyborgs by Nazis to be used as mindless weapons of war.

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  • There is a small South American cult which basically combines this with Ghostapo. They believe that Hitler was the reincarnation of Kalki, the Hindu god of destruction and after the Second World War, Hitler fled with a fleet of Reichsflugscheiben to a secret Nazi base on the North Pole and is now living inside the Earth, to wait til the apocalypse, when he will return to the surface and conquer the world with Nazi super science. And according to them, all the Nazi super science was handed over to them by aliens.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Genius: The Transgression has the Thulians, Nazi mad scientists who live in the Hollow Earth. Yes, you read that correctly. And so many time travellers have tried to prevent World War Two that the Guardians of Forever have a Hitler Clone Farm, so that whenever he's assassinated they can replace him before any serious damage is done to the spacetime continuum.
    • There's a twist with the Thulians; they're not real humans. They're Manes, essentially semi-living Anthropomorphic Personifications of Nazi scientific and racial ideals that are sustained by the pocket dimension that is the Hollow Earth.
  • In Secrets of the Third Reich the Nazis have Mechs, smaller mechs, Vampires, Werewolves, ZOMBIES!, and Zombiebombs! at their command.
  • In Hollow Earth Expedition you can have the Thule society pursuing you to the Lost World within the Earth, via Panzerkampfkruppen—basically Nazi AT-STs. Hopefully, you stole a jetpack or two from them on the way down.
  • Gear Krieg. Where to begin? Well, the Nazis had walking tanks, Rocket Interceptors, jet packs, a Spider Tank or two, energy weapons supertanks and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Tales from the Floating Vagabond: Space Nazis are a recurring foe.
  • In Rocket Age the Nazis are the only power with access to War-walkers. They also have numerous insane research projects on the go.
  • Contested Ground Studios' Cold City is set in Berlin, 1950. Such superscience, mixed up with occult research created "twisted technology" which did things like reanimating dead soldiers and calling forth horrors from other kinds of space, during WW2; these things have been lying all over Europe since the war, and it's now your job to clean them up. What happens to them afterward depends on the players' nationality; the Americans want it for themselves, as do the Soviets; the British want to analyse it in order to defend against it, if not use it themselves; the French want it all buried under a mountain somewhere and forgotten, and as little information gleaned from it as possible; and the Germans want either to bury it all along with the rest of their Nazi history and rebuild a new reputation, or are still Nazis and may want to squirrel some away for themselves, in order to try their luck again some other time. The difficult part is that a party may contain any mix of these.
  • Starting from a conversation on the message boards and given a sidebar in one of the sourcebooks, the Stargate SG 1 role-playing game postulates that the Nazis somehow got their hands on a Stargate (either in exploring Antarctica or briefly commandeering the one from Giza) and used it to transport some of their people to another planet as the war turned irrevocably against them. Postulating what Nazis may have found on their new world, and what they may have developed on their own in the intervening time, is an exercise left to the individual Game Masters.
  • GURPS has Weird War II, part of their World War Two series, which includes both the Ghostapo and this, as well as Soviet Superscience, Allied superscience, serial killers, monsters, super-soldiers, aliens, alternate histories, conspiracy theories, and pretty much everything else.
  • One of the many white cards in Cards Against Humanity reads "MechaHitler".

    Video Games 
  • A recurring element in the Sniper Elite series of games is Karl Fairburne being tasked with stopping the Germans from finishing and eventually using powerful prototype weaponry.
    • In Sniper Elite V2, the MacGuffin is an experimental Tabun-loaded V2 rocket that will used to strike London from an improvised launching station in Berlin.
    • In Sniper Elite 3, it's the Land Kreuzer P.1000 Ratte, a massive armored behemoth that would hopefully allow for a German breakthrough in North Africa.
    • In ''Sniper Elite 4, the Germans are developing specialized anti-ship missiles that will hopefully be able to wipe out scores of Allied ships in the event of a future amphibious invasion of Europe.
  • The video game grandaddy of this trope is the classic Wolfenstein 3D, which, pictured above, featured Stupid Powered Armor Hitler as a final boss. Shooting off his armor just results in him becoming Stupid Gatling Hitler. The previous episode featured a maniacal syringe-happy Nazi doctor who's created some sort of android-zombie abominations with machineguns embedded in their chests to set against you. Sequels Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Wolfenstein have B.J. Blazkowicz dealing with Nazi superscience along with the occult as well as Nazis with Gnarly Weapons.
    • Wolfenstein (2009) actually has jetpack Nazis.
    • One series of Doom mods based on Wolf3D is titled "Astrostein" - as the title indicates, it's Wolfenstein in the far future thanks to a portal the Nazis discovered. The third and final part ends with you infiltrating a bunker under the Bavarian Alps, where you finally find (and kill) Hitler, who at this point is nothing but a head attached to some sort of box that's kept him alive for centuries.
    • Wolfenstein: The New Order also has this. In 1946 alone the Nazis manage to mass-produce their experimental stealth jets and construct a Humongous Mecha known as "The Baltic Eye." It only gets worse as the timeline goes on, and includes robot dogs with More Teeth than the Osmond Family (tested against the Russians on the Eastern Front), an improved version of the Baltic Eye called "The London Monitor" (used to put down resistance in London when the Nazis invaded Britain), and smaller but no less dangerous Mini-Mecha that serve as heavy infantry. It's eventually revealed this massive technological leap was the result of them discovering and (poorly) reverse-engineering the technology of an ancient secret society of Jewish scientists, who have spent thousands of years creating technology so advanced that it seems almost magical.
  • Dino D-Day is kind of an odd example. Rather than create supertechnology for combat, the created super-advanced cloning technology and resurrected Dinosaurs to fight the allies... then put giant guns on them.
  • Just Cause 2: in one mission, you fly to an isolated island only to have your plane blown up by a gigantic, hi-tech EMP tower built by the Japanese during World War II. A good portion of the mission is destroying the tower so you can call in a helicopter for evac.
  • City of Heroes has the 5th Column group: Nazi supersoldiers, robots, (artificial) vampires, and (artificial) werewolves. For a short period of time these were retooled into the Council who were less German Nazi and more Space Nazi with more diverse European roots. Then the 5th Column came back so now there are two groups that are practically identical.
    • A good point of differentiation between the two is that the 5th Column plans seem to have much more to do with time travel than the Council's aliens. So it's a difference between Space Nazis and Time Nazis at this point.
  • Persona 2: Innocent Sin had, among the many things that could possibly have made it unreleasable overseas, Nazi robots. (And Hitler. He and his robots were hiding in Antarctica. Except it's not really him. Stupid Jetpack MAKES Hitler? Point is that a machine that makes rumor reality combined with rumors that Hitler survived and fled to Antarctica created a fake Hitler who was being played by the Big Bad) No worries, the PSP rerelease gave him a pair of Cool Shades and a trenchcoat and now he goes by the name "The Fuhrer."
  • PC game Silent Storm starts off pretty innocuous, with an Allied special squad fighting against the evil Nazis and using a lot of historically accurate weaponry. Then they get powered armor suits. And energy weapons based on Imported Alien Phlebotinum. (You can play as the Axis as well, in which case it's the Allies who you first see with the Panzerkleins.)
  • The second Freedom Force game has the ranting Nazi psychic Blitzkrieg go back in time to supply the Third Reich with Energy X. The series being what it is, even the non-superpowered Nazis are very Wacky.
  • The Secret Weapons of World War II expansion for Battlefield 1942 added in various planned but not implemented World War II vehicles and gadgets. And also actual jet packs.
  • The LucasArts flight simulator Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe revolved around implementing German jet fighter planes during WW2, which were really in production at the time but did not see much action. An expansion added the U.S. equivalent, P-80 Shooting Star.
    • Also played with in its spiritual sequel, ‘’Secret Weapons Over Normandy’’. The tech in game was all at least brought to the drawing board in real life, and most eventually built at least as prototypes, but several appear much earlier than they did in reality. Much of the game’s plot deals with attempting to sabotage the development and production of the various weapons projects.
  • Rescue Raiders had time-travelling neo-Nazis trying to aid Hitler's war effort with modern technology.
  • Who could forget the bonus levels of Medal of Honor: Underground where you fight Nazis in knight armour (resplendent with their swastika shields), Nazi zombies (or aliens; this was the PS1 so it's hard to tell, although the level title "Rotten to the Corps" in which they reside could point to them being the reanimated dead), and, of course, Nazi Robot Super Soldiers! You even assemble your own Robot Buddy called Panzerknacker to help you take out the bad guys.
  • Operation Darkness is nothing but this trope, with a dose of Ghostapo for good measure.
  • BloodRayne had some of this, most notably Infantry General D. Mauler and the Super Panzers under G. Gosler's command. It also had quite a bit of Ghostapo. And actual Nazis in longcoats and rocket packs.
  • The bonus mode of Call of Duty: World At War, Nazi Zombies, in addition to the eponymous undead, includes quite a bit of this in downloadable maps, one of which is set in a factory with swastika-emblazoned teleporters, and features a Ray Gun (by name) and "Wunderwaffen" as weapons.
    • Nazi Zombies returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops. In addition to the Ray Gun and the teleporters,there is also the Thundergun, which fires a huge shock wave, and the Winter's Howl, a typical Freeze Ray.
  • Crimson Skies has Die Spinne, a German arms cartel that is heavily implied to be front for the Nazi Party (the games are set in an Alternate Universe version of the 1930s). Their arsenal includes zeppelin carriers, zeppelin battleships bigger then most skyscrapers designed to eat other zeppelins, Tesla Coil like weapons, an extremely potent fighter plane armed with said Tesla weapon, Humongous Mecha Spider Tanks and little things like magnetic rockets and remote controlled rocket launchers (in the 30's). Oh, did we mention the weather control device built on a armored platform suspended between two of the aforementioned zeppelin battleships?
  • The Metal Slug series. Who has tanks armed with painfully slow rolling mortar shells and mining drills, anti-personell homing missiles, antrophomorphic weapons, man eating plants, a pathogen that turns the players undead, shiny flashing bullets and grenades and access to alien technology? Those Wacky Nazis The Rebel Army of course!
  • Rocket Ranger had an unnamed hero, with a jetpack, facing off against Nazis armed with anti-gravity mind-controlling Green Rocks and a base on the Moon. Eventually, it is revealed that the Nazis are getting help from an alien "Intergalactic League of Fascists".
  • The early PS2 release Ring of Red was an alternate history where (among other things) Humongous Mecha were developed at the tail end of World War II. The game's intro is a well-done series of AFWs spliced into actual WWII footage.
  • This is the entire marketing campaign for War Front: Turning Point. The three factions, Allies, Nazis and Soviets, each have their different superweapons. The Allies get the short end of the stick with a massive shield generator, the Soviets, in a nod to Command & Conquer: Red Alert, have freeze rays and atomic freeze bombs, and the Nazis get the best deal with three radically different superweapons: jetpacks, monstrous jet-powered zeppelins, and robotic exoskeletons.
  • Bionic Commando's final boss is "Master D", who looks exactly the same as Hitler and isn't fooling anyone. After waking up from a long nap, he proceeds to kill the leader of the entire bad guy army, call you a "damn fool", launch a doomsday weapon and get his head exploded by a missile.
  • The final mission of Medal of Honor: Airborne, departing from the previously realistic campaigns, has heavy machinegun-armed gas-masked Nazi super soldiers.
    • What's interesting though is that this is actually a downplayed example, in that the soldiers in question are still wearing appropriate uniforms and equipment for the time, and are heavily implied to be wearing flak jackets underneath their uniforms.
    • The rest of the game actually averts this trope. The German troops all use standard-issue weapons for the time period.
  • Certain enemies, not to mention some bosses (such as the Gotha/HO-IX) in 1941: Counter Attack fit this trope.
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb: In Prague you face an experimental super-soldier in a typical mad scientist's laboratory. And then later there is Von Beck's notorious drill-tank.
  • Super Mario World Dark Horizon (a Super Mario Bros. fan game) has this... with Hitler gaining super saiyan powers via some sort of high tech science/meteor thing. Then again, given it's a Mario fan game, it also gives the Nazis the power of dimensional travel and the ability to use video game power ups, which is arguably this as well. And modern vehicles/weapons. The game also has Stupid Jetpack Osama Bin Laden too, with the latter using mechs and chemical weapons in a boss fight.
  • In Akatsuki Blitzkampf, minor antagonist and playable character Elektrosoldat is a Nazi robot. More exactly, a mix of clone and robot created in likeness of A Nazi by Any Other Name Adler.
  • While the first Blazing Angels game was very realistic to World War II... except in a few places where it wasn't, the sequel went way into this direction, featuring, amongst other examples, such things as a giant armoured zeppelin aircraft carrier attacking Cairo, an oversized Tesla cannon, remote-piloted missiles, and a hyper-advanced German carrier plane protected from the player's weapons by what could only be described as a Star Trek-esque force field.
  • In The Saboteur, some of the Nazis the protagonist has to kill are wearing a huge badass kind-of-mecha-armor, granted with huge flamethrowers and other heavy weaponery.
  • General Akhboob's true form in Total Carnage.
  • The TurboGrafx-16 Shoot 'em Up game Download 2 involves a group of terrorists taking possession of Adolf Hitler's brain in an attempt to revive him by re-creating it in digital form. It's up to an expert cyber diver named Syd and his partner Deva to defeat the terrorists and stop Hitler's resurrection.
  • Bomber Crew displays a downplayed case of Nazi superscience on several occasions, especially in DLC content. This is generally at the level of being about a year to eighteen months ahead of where they actually were scientifically and taking some of the more fantastical claims of the capabilities of their desperation weapons at face value.
    • The "Secret Weapons" DLC is dedicated to this, with dozens of Ba 349 Natters and an ace who pilots a version that can inexplicably make more than a single pass. Furthermore, the final ace of the DLC has a fully-functional Ho 229 that takes every claim of its stealth capabilities at face value and is entirely invisible on your radar and is armed with Ruhrstahl X-4 homing missiles (which existed, but were never delivered to Luftwaffe forces before the war ended).
    • The USAAF DLC is set in the Mediterranean Theater circa 1942/43, and yet the Germans field several Me 163 Komets and Me 262 Schwalbes during the campaign, even though neither plane was operational until a year later.


    Web Original 
  • This archived 4chan thread. It actually features the phrase "Australian witch doctor special forces".
  • Weebl's On the Moon has a Moon Hitler that walks around in a giant robot, and has a Nazi Moonbase. Whether this and Iron Sky are related or just coincidence I don't know.
  • io9 had an article on Dieselpunk versions of WW2 leaders, and they included: Jetpack Hitler.
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour: The Nazis in the universe of Jefferson Reid and Amelia Earhart are capable of brainwashing Americans, turning humans into giant half-gorilla super-soldiers, travelling in time to further their goals and bringing the dead back to life.
  • One of the secondary authors of the Chakona Space got into this with "Wolves in the Snow", where it turned out that morphs were first developed nearly a hundred years earlier than previously thought.
  • French Youtuber "e-penser" made his second(2015) april's fool by telling the (fake) story of the inventor of Hitler's exoskeleton and portable missile launcher.
  • tends to refer to this as German Techwank, and spends fun deconstructing the idea (see Real Life below)
  • Whateley Universe: Let's face it, it would be more surprising if this weren't in the series. It comes up in the Back Story for both Lady Astarte and Eisenmadel, among other places.
  • The Nazis of Red Panda Adventures are armed with things such as ray guns, dinosaur cavalry, and superweapons powered by a captured Eldritch Abomination. These weapons are the work of Mad Scientist Friedrich von Schlitz, Hitler's chief scientific adviser, who is capable of combining scientific innovation with dark magic in ways practitioners of both never thought possible.
  • A recurring topic in Bedtime Stories (YouTube Channel).
    • In "The Skies over Kecksburg", the top-secret project Die Glocke is shown. In "For Whom The Bell Tolls", the project that led up to its creation is depicted.
    • "Evil Under the Ice" has Nazi "Haunebu" UFO-esque craft engage in an Old School Dogfight with US Navy Corsair and Bearcat fighters, resulting in a Curb Stomp battle for the US forces and having them retreat from Antarctic waters.
    • "The New York Nuke" details a possible German nuclear weapons project, as well as an aircraft capable of heading to the United States from mainland Europe and back.

    Western Animation 
  • On Archer Danger Island, Nazi technology in 1939 includes Mini-Mecha. Subverted somewhat in that this is really just a dream while Archer is having Adventures In Coma Land.
  • An episode of Justice League has the Big Bad, Vandal Savage, send a laptop through time to himself in the 40's which contains mechanical schematics and Allied war plans, including the Normandy Invasion. The Nazis actually turn the tide of the war (with the War Wheels from the Blackhawk example) and very nearly destroy New York City with an atom bomb. Needless to say, the heroes stop him Just in Time. Oh, and Hitler has been frozen but is thawed out at the end to carry on to his appointed destiny.
    • An episode of Justice League Unlimited has a (fortunately failed) attempt at a Nazi Super Soldier formula, which gets dug up and personally used by the anti-superhuman General Eiling so he can take down the League himself.
  • An episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers played with this. It also revealed that Hitler's stare can kill Captain Planet. Because hate is a type of pollution. Seriously.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated had the Kriegstaffebots, which were an army of humanoid German robots resembling SS soldiers created by a Nazi scientist who was a member of one of the mystery-solving groups that preceded the current Mystery Incorporated.
  • In Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles, the Nazis were working on genetic and cybernetic enhancements, with the kidnapped Sergeant Savage as a guinea pig.
  • In the Love, Death & Robots episode Alternate Histories, which is all about Hitler dying in increasingly outlandish ways, the final scenario has a time traveling Hitler who lived to old age on a robot suit, who goes back in time to save his younger self from an assassination attempt/sloppy rescue attempt.

    Real Life 
  • Although not as extreme as most fictional examples, the Real Life Nazi Germany did hold a noticeable technological edge in the fields of aeronautics and rocketry. They also produced several innovations in armoured vehicle and submarine design that were widely adopted both during and after the war. Many of the more successful developments, such as the submarine schnorkel (which they stole from the Dutch after Germany conquered the Netherlands in 1940), direct-injection aircraft engines, and torsion bar suspension, were invented before the war; their utility only became fully realized after being put into widespread military use. Many of the more advanced designs produced by the Nazis ended up being entirely overly complex and marred by technical difficulties, with the result that they often came too late or in numbers too small to make a difference.
    • The infamous V-1 (Fi-103) flying bomb and the V-2 (A-4) ballistic missile, the latter of which was designed by Wernher von Braun (who later headed the design of the Saturn V moon rocket). The V stood for Vergeltungswaffe = "Vengeance weapon"note . The V-2 (aka A-4) was a ballistic missile, captured examples of which were used after the war by both America and the Soviet Union. Both countries actually built some A-4s and redesigned the missile so it would be easier to build and more capable. Due to their relatively primitive design however, many missed their target; this was further exacerbated by the efforts of British intelligence, which leaked false info about successful hits, leading German rocketeers to erroneously re-calibrate their rockets. By the time of the program's cancellation, the V projects — which were constructed with slave labour — resulted in a total death toll that was largely overshadowed by the numbers of personnel who were killed during production and development.
      • Another V-weapon, the V-3 multi-charge cannon, proved to be even less successful. The concept behind the weapon involved using multiple propellant charges igniting at precisely timed intervals to accelerate a projectile out of a very long barrel, resulting in ever-increasing velocity and thus longer ranges than would be otherwise possible. Intended to bombard London, the concept proved completely unworkable: every test gun ended up bursting. Eventually, a downsized and much-simplified version of the gun was built and used to shell Luxembourg. Before the site was overrun, it fired a total of 183 rounds, which ended up killing approximately ten civilians.
      • The Germans were the first to employ guided missiles (there were serious plans to put prisoners into V-1 craft as "pilots") and bombs not only as strategic weapons, but also for tactical purposes as well. Following the Italian armistice, the battleships Italia and Roma proceeded to Malta with the intent of being turned over to the Allies; they were attacked en-route by German bombers equipped with Fritz-X radio-controlled glide bombs, which sunk the Roma and heavily damaged the Italia.
      • In addition to air-to-ground weapons, the Germans also invested heavily into surface-to-air missiles, like the Wasserfall, Enzian, Rheintochter, Feuerlilie and Schmetterling (albeit this one was based on the earlier Italian DAAC missile project, which Germans "borrowed" in 1943). Neither of which become operational, because parallel development of the five programs just wated time and resources. It should be noted, also, that Germans did not manage to develope any other control system rather than primitive MCLOS control - in which the operator commanded the missile by joystick and tracked her flight visually.
    • The Messerschmitt Me 262, which was barely edged out of being the first operational jet fighter by the Gloster Meteor. Thanks to its highly aerodynamic design and jet engine propulsion, it was one of the fastest fighters of its time, and also one of the most heavily armed as well. However, problems during development combined with Germany's declining strategic situation meant that its introduction was delayed until well after D-Day. Those that were produced were often grounded due to lack of fuel or spare parts. These shortages were readily apparent in the design of its Jumo 004 engines, which were prone to foreign object damage and flame-outs as a result of being constructed with poor-quality materials. It also came at a time when the Allies had established air superiority over much of Europe, when its lack of manoeuvrability was a liability against Allied fighters.
      • To its credit, however, of all of of the “wunderwaffen”, it was one of the few that:
        1. made it to actual production (and more than a thousand were made, a sizable portion considering the state of the German Industries)
        2. was not a complete death trap. Granted, throttling the engines up to full speed too quickly could result in compressor stall, and cause the engines to flame out, but not only was this able to be remedied simply by not handling the throttle too roughly, but this was a problem for jet engines for a good portion of the early years of Jet fighters.
        3. was actually a reasonable improvement over contemporaries. While not as fast as the Komet, the “Schwable” (Swallow) was still nearly 100mph faster at full tilt than the main US fighter at the time, the P-51D, which was no slouch itself by the standards of the time. And unlike the Komet, the Swallow was relatively easy to maneuver in. It wasn’t going to be able to hold turns with anyone, but with its speed, hit and run tactics were already sufficient. In fact, the majority of kills on the type were achieved by strafing Me 262’s that were either just taking off or beginning their final landing approach, both cases where the 262 would accelerate poorly.
    • Many airplanes have had a reputation as flying coffins. The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet was a flying crematorium. It was the world's first rocket-powered combat aircraft (and to date, the only to ever come into service). Designed as a semi-disposable interceptor, it was blindingly fast, which made it virtually impossible for bomber turret gunners and aircraft escorts to bring it down. However, the sheer speed of the Komet made it virtually uncontrollable, making it very difficult for its pilots to actually aim at anything. This was not helped by the fact that the plane had limited flight endurance: it could remain airborne for no more than 8 minutes, after which it became a glider. The bi-fuel propellant used for the rocket engine was not only highly volatile (spontaneously igniting when mixed), but also very corrosive: one half of the propellant could burn through steel (necessitating storage in glass tanks located around the cockpit), while the other half could literally melt flesh off of the bone. Understandably, the Komet more often ended up killing its own pilots than those of the enemy.
    • The MG213. By 1944, the Germans were sick of their pilots complaining about their guns so they built a design that was hard hitting, fast-firing, and accurate: an automatic revolver cannon which had a single barrel and three chambers that load, fire, and clear simultaneously. The problem was that it was ahead of its time: it was heavy, complex, and it burned through ammo quickly. It would not be until the late 50's that there were actually aircraft capable of mounting it.
    • One area where German aeronautical development absolutely failed was in the area of strategic bombing. The Luftwaffe was so focused on producing effective fighters and tactical dive-bombers for Blitzkrieg style assaults that they totally neglected to develop a long-range bomber that could reach distant enemy cities and industrial centers should the war become protracted. Nazi doctrine of prioritizing offense also meant that they would outright refuse to adopt any plane that was incapable of dive-bombing, arbitrarily limiting their bombers to a much smaller size than those of their enemies. The US and Great Britain had already developed reliable four-engined heavy bombers by the late 1930's, like the B-17, B-24 and Lancaster, and would only improve on them as time went on. German efforts to build an equivalent aircraft, the He-177, not only commenced late in the war, but the requirement that it be capable of dive-bombing turned out to be practically unworkable. (It necessitated mounting the engines in coupled pairs, which made them prone to catching fire, among other serious design flaws). The lack of long-range bombers was most acutely felt during the invasion of the USSR, the Soviets were able to simply pack up their war production industry and moved it out of range.
    • Contrary to popular belief, the Germans actually lagged behind Allied armour developments for the first half of the war. In fact, most of their major successes (the conquest of Poland and much of Western Europe, Operation Barbarossa, and the intervention in North Africa) were achieved with tanks that were often of inferior quality (several were intended for training) and outnumbered (by as much four to one). The disparity in both quality and numbers was so great that much of the German armoured corps was comprised of captured tanks. The most famous German tanks (the Tiger I and Panther) were powerful, yet highly flawed designs. The Tiger I was technically obsolete when it was introduced, being essentially an enlarged version of the older and smaller Panzerkampfwagen III and IV tanks, and thus was extremely heavy (which resulted in high fuel consumption) and extremely complex to manufacture and maintain. Meanwhile, the Panther was marred by unreliability, and suffered from limitations that made it less than ideal as a main battle tank for the Wehrmacht. Moreover, they came into service at a time when the Wehrmacht had suffered serious setbacks and needed to produce as many machines as it could; putting new vehicles into production invariably led to delays, and some of them (like the Tiger) were simply unaffordable. It did not help that they were soon followed by even more massive and complicated war machines such as the Tiger II and Jagdtiger, notwithstanding the even more outrageous Maus (a super-tank the size of a small house), which made prototype stage. The even more massive Ratte (which would have weighed as much as a small warship) and Monster (essentially a railway gun on treads) never made it off the paper.
    • The Type-XVII U-Boat, aka. the Walther-Boot, which was an attempt of an air independent submarine. Basically it was an underwater Me 163 Komet - the fuel, the power plant and function principle (Walther turbine) was the same. In the end it failed because of the same reasons as Komet: the fuel mixture was simply too volatile to use. The slightest error in handling could result in catastrophe, and it burned too quickly, resulting in very short range.
    • Infamously, the Germans developed highly potent chemical weapons like Zyklon B (which was originally a commercial pesticide), as well as the nerve gases Sarin and Tabun, which they manufactured in huge quantities. However, almost none of these were ever used for military purposes. This may be partially explained by the taboo that came from their use in World War I: Hitler himself may have been a victim of gas attacks while serving in the military and absolutely refused to use them in combat - not even against the Soviets, though this was undeniably motivated more by concerns of Soviet (and possibly British, if the British took such a measure to mean that German chemical attacks upon themselves were inevitable) retaliation. Instead, the Nazis only used them for the systematic murder of Soviet prisoners of war and other minorities in the death camps.
    • The Nazis are also famous for making one of the first serious stabs at manufacturing an actual working railgun and are believed to be responsible for the first (small-scale) prototype, though the theory for making one had already been around for several decades. In the late stages of the war, plans were drawn up for a railgun-based AA battery, though the idea never made it out of the design phase due to the fall of Germany and the end of the war. Like many similar Nazi inventions of the day, the ideas were far ahead of the technology available - the Allies studied the captured plans with great interest, but soon concluded that the power requirements were simply too large to be practical (each gun would have drawn enough current to power a small city). The welding techniques, plasma technology, and materials science that form the basis of modern railgun design took another 30-40 years to be properly developed and railguns remain a highly experimental technology to this day.
  • The Allies had many advanced weapons projects of their own; many of these never came to fruition. Allied military planners focused on relatively conventional weapons systems because introducing radically new weapons would have required a lengthy development period to work out the kinks, disrupt production and supply chains, and would have little impact on a strategic level. A strong argument could be made that it was the Allies who had the technological advantages that counted and because of their superior organizational abilities, were able to make fuller use of them. Radar for example, was roughly equivalent for both Britain and Germany throughout the war, but the British incorporated theirs into an extensive and well-coordinated air defence network, which the Germans did not do until much later. Moreover, unlike the Germans, Italians, and Japanese, Allied weapons development involved extensive cooperation between member nations; American planes like the P-51 were sometimes re-engined with British ones, with great effect.
    • The atomic bomb, of course. Unlike all the rest of the weapons, it was actually relevant at the end of World War II, and has remained so through the present day, being the apex of More Dakka. The Manhattan Project and the V-2 rocket program were roughly equivalent in terms of economic cost devoted to superweapons. The difference being the United States could afford the Manhattan Project and finance a war. Germany couldn't afford to do either. And, of course the Manhattan Engineering District Program produced an exceptionally formidable weapon.
      • Another edge the Manhattan Project had over the Nazis was better organization and sound physics. The Nazi nuclear program, meanwhile, split into around nine separate and actively competing programs that frequently tried to undermine the others. Thus, what little materials the Nazis could devote to nuclear research was further split. They were also limited to using only approved "German Physics" that did not include any knowledge deemed "ideologically or racially unsound" — which, naturally, consisted of a lot of actual nuclear physics. Finally, the few truly competent nuclear physicists still remaining in Germany at that point were for the most part not terribly pleased with the Nazis for driving their Jewish colleagues out and disinclined to help the war effort, obstructing progress either by suggesting that research into nuclear fission could not possibly produce usable weapons until after the conclusion of the war (which wasn't wrong; the Manhattan Project, much larger and better funded than anything the Germans had, didn't successfully produce a weapon until after the war was over as far as Germany was concerned), or by actively directing research into areas they personally believed unlikely to be fruitful.
    • Aside from atomic weapons, possibly the greatest US contribution was it's raw industrial power that could take proven weapons and designs of other nations, like the Swedish 40mm Bofors cannon, or the British radar sets, and crank them out in the thousands. Even if the Allies didn't have the "best" and "most advanced" equipment, they were sure to always at least have some kind of equipment, available in number, and with plenty of spare parts to keep them running. Something that always bedeviled the Germans, especially their armored forces, were vehicles missing a battle because their mechanics were still waiting for new parts to arrive.
    • The British pushed radar development much further much faster than any other power, building an effective detection network by the time of the Battle of Britain. This was a guarded secret; the urban legend that carrots improve night vision was invented by the British government to suggest that their fighter pilots were amazingly observant instead of being vectored into night interceptions by radar.
    • The Americans linked radar and guns with mechanical analog computers. Their anti-aircraft guns thus became far more accurate. 90% of V-1 buzz bombs, and many manned bombers, were shot down. It was also used to devastating effect in naval bombardment, such as in the Battle of Surigao Strait, in which the USS West Virginia opened fire on the battleship Yamashiro at 23,000 yards, in the dark and scored a direct hit on the first salvo. In fact, American fire control was arguably the best of the war, even better than its German equivalents.
    • Also an effective British secret weapon: signals intelligence (codebreaking). The British codebreaking operation at Bletchley Park was so good that it frequently outstripped its usefulness. Available intelligence on German operations could sometimes not be given to military commanders because the tactical benefit was outweighed by the strategic cost of revealing how good the codebreakers were. Also, the entire shebang was so heavily classified that the codebreakers didn't receive full recognition for their achievements until 50 years after the war.
      • Speaking of Bletchley Park , Colossus, the world's first programmable computer, was operational there. As with all Station X activities, the mere existence of Colossus was not declassified until many decades after the war.
      • To get an example of the usefulness of the code breakers, look no further than the Battle of Cape Matapan. Made possible by a breach of Italian codes, it cost the Italian Navy three heavy cruisers (out of seven in the whole navy) and two destroyers, plus heavy damage to the battleship Vittorio Veneto (of the Littorio-class, whose firepower was second only to the Yamato-class and the large American battleships), and after this battle the Italians would start a witch hunt to find the spy that had obviously leaked information (either on the sortie or their codes) to the British (the Italians would not find out how the Brits knew of their super-secret sortie until 1978).
      • The Americans were no slouches either with signals intelligence, managing to crack the Japanese Red and Purple cipher before the United States entered the war. Station HYPO learned Admiral Yamamoto's master plan to destroy the US Pacific fleet at Midway, and thus prepared American forces for a Curb-Stomp Battle that turned the tide in the Pacific Theatre.
    • The best guided weapon that Germans managed to deploy was Hs.293 command guided glide bomb, which could be used only in good visibility conditions (because it required operator to see the bomb and guide it into target). In 1945, the US Navy deployed the autonomous "fire-and-forget" radar-homing glide bomb - famous ASM-N-2 "Bat" - which required only to be lock on target and then launched.
    • Sonar is an interesting case in that the Axis and Allies both had functional systems that represented half of the technologies used today. The Germans had evolved a capable passive sonar system that was accurate enough to be used by submarines for fire control solutions. The Allies had developed effective active sonars that were good enough to provide surface ships with fire control solutions and when combined with anti-submarine mortars, effectively doomed older submarine designs. Combining German passive and Allied active sonars pretty much put diesel-electric submarines out of business for thirty years.
    • The Allies also had Barnes Wallis, who designed the bouncing bomb, the Grand Slam and Tallboy bombs (which played merry hell with those concrete U-boat pens), and aircraft that could still fly despite this kind of punishment.
    • Perhaps one of the most important developments of the war was PLUTO, a system that would allow petrol to be pumped from refineries in England directly to the beachhead in France, insuring both a secure and continuous source of fuel for the vehicles, and one that didn't require a continuous line of ships, which allowed the ships to be used for other purposes. It also allowed, in the post-war period off-shore refineries to be set up, a feat previously unachievable.
    • The Meteor fighter. Early versions were not as good as the Me 262, but later marks completely outperformed the German aircraft. It is still flying today because its simple centrifugal compression engine, while less streamlined, is at least much more resiliently built, more stable at handling large internal forces (unlike the Me 262 which is nearly-impossible to maneuver and often flamed out or blew up), and better at handling foreign object debris than more modern axial compression engines (which require lots of super-strong alloys made with expensive rare-earth metals such as titanium in order to be functional). The F35's ejector seat was tested out on this.
      • Both Eric Brown and Adolf Galland, who had chance to fly both Me 262 and Gloster Meteor, agreed that the ultimate fighter of WWII would have been Me 262 equipped with Meteor engines and its Hispano cannons.
    • Similarly, the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, which could fly faster and farther than the Me 262, with a loaded weight of around 2,000 pounds less. For context, the Americans didn't even know they had a German jet to design a rival for until less than a year before the XP-80 left the ground. A handful were sent to Europe to demonstrate their capabilities, but the type would not see combat until The Korean War. The entire fighter was designed around a cutting edge British turbojet engine which was so new that the Americans had to design and build the airframe without an example of the engine on hand.
    • And then there's the YB-35 the predecessor to the Cold War era B-2 Spirit, built as a transatlantic bomber in case Britain fell, the YB-35 was meant to take bomb loads straight from America to Germany. Amusingly, it's only real showing in popular culture casts it as a Nazi weapon developed by HYDRA.
  • On a related note, the Nazi Reichspost did ran a public Video Phone service. It's quite cutthroat at that time but it's quite complicated and expensive to set up (as described in this article). After WWII, the Video Phone trope has never appeared again for next decades, and it wasn't the same anymore when this technology got adopted again by US.
  • Submarines. Ironclads. Center-fire brass cartridges. The Confederate States of America proves that the Nazis weren't the only racists with an affinity for (then) outlandish experimental tech.
  • The intramedullary rod, essentially a huge titanium nail that works like a cast to align and heal broken limbs, albeit inside the bones, was pioneered by a German doctor who field tested the surgical procedure on Army soldiers and taught it to various German and Finnish physicians for most of the war. Since the end of the war, Countless lives have been saved and soldiers can now go back into battle faster because its main advantage was that it is faster at promoting healing than a cast.
  • The pre-war streamline racing cars like Auto Union Streamliners and Mercedes-Benz Rekordwagensnote  love this trope too, back when aerodynamics technology were primitive. Being built on modified Grand Prix racing cars, these cars boast impressive performance and aerodynamics, and sports spaceship-style design that wouldn't be seen for next decades. These cars are used to beat the speed records under Nazi propaganda purposes. However, with design philosophies of extreme streamlining for their bodyshells enclosed the wheels entirely, this had a crippling flaw in a total lack of downforce, which makes it impossible to control in any way that isn't going real straight. There's one case where Bernd Rosemeyer piloted an Auto Union streamliner, attempting to break the speed records, and got himself killed.
    • The current holder for Autobahn's maximum speed record went to Rudolf Caracciola, in a Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagennote . This record was kept intact since 1938. And no one has broke it.
    • There's also Mercedes-Benz T80, with an aircraft-like design and even an aircraft engine. It was supposed to run but the project was halted due to World War II. The bodyshell was saved, however. Many people over the decades have urged Mercedes-Benz to fully restore the T80 and test run it to see if it would have reached the ridiculously high speed record.

Alternative Title(s): Stupid Jetpack Nazis, Nazi Moon Base, Nazi Super Science


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