The Fritz X. The Germans Invented The JDAM Decades Before We Did.

by Daniel Russ on August 24, 2013



The Fritz X


Ruhrstal created in my estimation, the world’s first JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition). The JDAM was a gravity bomb with fins/wings that literally fly the bomb to the target from the bomb bay. The Germans used the radio-controlled bomb to hit ships, as they discerned that perfectly timing a bomb drop to hit a moving ship was an iffy thing. The Luftwaffe created a squadron of Dornier Do 217 bombers and first deployed the bomb with great success. The Allies had already invaded and taken Sicily and southern Italy was slowly rolling up into American hands. So on September 8th 1943, with Mussolini hanging upside from a lamppost, the Italians signed an armistice with the Allies. The German High Command did not want Italian battleships to fall into British or American hands, so they set out to use the guided Fritz X bomb to scuttle them. They managed to sink the Roma, the flagship battleship of the Italian fleet, and sent 1200 men beneath the waves. Other US light cruisers were hit and sent out of action by the Fritz x


Releasing the bomb was a delicate dance between the pilot and crew and the elements depending on the altitude of the drop. One of the issues was distance. If the bomb was dropped from 10,000 feet or above, then the bombs could not pick up the guidance signal sent by the bombardier. By the time Normandy was invaded, the Allies had figured out a number of signal jamming technologies.


Source: Wiki


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Louis September 28, 2017 at 7:29 am

In 1943 Mussolini was indeed removed from power. However, he was not killed until may 1945. He had to be rescued by Otto Skorzeny in 1943, from the Gran Sasso hotel, to get him to German occupied Italy.

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