Posted BY: Steve Feinstein

One of the hazards of war is the likelihood that at some point, one country’s most advanced weapon will inadvertently fall into the hands of its enemy, revealing all its secrets and enabling the adversary to build its own superior weapon, thereby tipping the battlefield advantage in the enemy’s favor.

Throughout history, this has happened many times.  Here are two notable examples from World War II:

The German Focke Wulf Fw-190

World War II began in Europe in September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland.  In 1940, Germany defeated France, pushed the Allied armies off the Continent at Dunkirk, and then began an air assault against Britain that came to be known as the Battle of Britain.


Britain survived the German air attacks, fighting them to a costly stalemate, but as 1940 came to an end, Germany still held all of continental Europe, and Britain stood alone against Germany, bottled up on its home island.

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