The Schwerkraftwaffe Mark II (SW2, Gravity Weapon) was a prototype gravity weapon made by Nazi scientists during World War II. Never used in battle, the gun rarely got past the prototype stage.
The SW2 was part of the "wunderwaffe" program proposed by Adolf Hitler. The German scientist Alfred Kreigler (father of Hermann Kreigler, who started the notorious shipping company) proposed a gravity gun in 1936. Several high ranking scientists dismissed the idea as outlandish. Kreigler began working on a prototype, and conducted several dangerous test with it. When the prototype was shown again in 1940, interest was raised. A team was put in Kreigler's hands to make the gun. In 1944, as Germany was losing the war, production was halted. The final model, recovered by U.S. military in Kreigler's Berlin lab, is now being studied by the U.S. Army. Most of the documents associated with the gun, the lab, and Kreigler himself were destroyed in the bombing of Berlin.
Purpose and Use Edit
The main purpose of the SW2 was to lift heavy objects. Kreigler proposed it as a way to transport metals during the production of military vehicles and weapons. It did this by using a long range tractor beam, which manipulated the gravity field around the object. Then, the beam/object could be manipulated through a variety of controls on the gun and movement. The beam made the object weightless to a certain limit/size. For instance, a tank can by carried by the gun but a U-boat can't. Kreigler also intended it to be used to move radioactive materials in the Nazi nuclear energy program. One problem with the gun was the elements of the beam. The beam was created using mysterious matter and energy. The properties of the matter remain unknown due to the very danger of just examining it. U.S. scientists believe the beam was made using ununpentium (Element 115), an element widely used in the wunderwaffe program. However, it was known to cause very odd effects. Objects used in testing were known to dissappear, explode, and even melt when touched by the beam. The gun even exploded due to over heating on several occasions: twice someone died because of this. That severly slowed down production. The gun was itself tested to be used as a weapon by the Wehrmacht. Kreigler said that by making contact with a human with the beam, they would automatically die. To test this theory, scientists imported a Jew from a concentration camp. The effect on the test subject concluded that the beam caused extreme heat, no oxygen or carbon dioxide in the area, and radiation. Kreigler was also developing a combat-only model that shot individual beams.