The astonishing number of truly revolutionary weapons developed and deployed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War begs the natural question: why didn’t it win the war?
The answer to this fundamental question is actually very simple: it is not enough to develop a revolutionary weapon (or even two dozen types of revolutionary weapons).
You must develop and deploy weapons that will provide you with a decisive strategic advantage. Advantage that will either win the war for you outright or to force your adversary to sue for peace.
None of the “wonder weapons” developed by the Nazis provided their armed forces (Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS) with a decisive strategic advantage. And it was not about quantity – it was about quality (i.e. about functionality of these weapons).
True, acute shortage of resources and (let’s be frank) highly inefficient management system for R&D and manufacturing operations prevented Germans from deploying these weapons in large quantities.
Lots of precious resources were wasted on pursuing too many of essentially identical weapons projects – as well as on genuinely insane ones (mega-tanks, H-class battleships, Natter and Me-163 rocket-powered interceptors, V-3 mega-cannon, etc.) or simply totally impractical ones (Graf Zeppelin aircraft carrier).
Not to mentioned non-military projects (Ahnenerbe, quest for Holy Grail and, of course, the Holocaust) that consumed vital resources and thus hindered, not helped, German war effort.
However, even a radically more efficient management system would not have compensated the enormous, overwhelming and ultimately decisive superiority of Allies in all key resources – human and natural – and in their manufacturing capacity.
Plus, none of these weapons had the potential of putting an end to the incessant, round-the-clock Allied bombing of Germany which ultimately made a decisive contribution to their victory in the war.
However, in the next section, I will demonstrate how Nazi Germany could have won World War II (even after it became a war of attrition) by focusing all its efforts and resources on just three Wunderwaffe projects.