The most terrifying sounds of World War II

A list with some of the most terrifying sounds of World War II. This list is not ranked in in a way like the higher the more terrifying.

Nebelwerfer multiple rocket launcher
V-1 flying bomb
MG 42 machine gun
Katyusha rocket launcher
Armoured fighting vehicles
Junkers Ju 87
Artillery fire support
Air raids


  1. It really depends. If you know that the terrifying sound is made by something on your side and that is heling you, thats one thing. But if it is COMING for you…..

  2. These sounds make you really crazy in the long run.

    My grandfather was captured in the battle of El Alamein and told me that the night before he saw more than one of his fellow soldiers go insane during a single night of relentless bombardment.

    Some sitting in a corner with their hands over their ears and staring into space, while some others ran back and forth screaming.

    Real shit.

  3. Nebelwefer's sounds are comparable to that of almost identical, repeated explosions and roars, which crushed the enemies' morale, and probably crushed then too.

    V-1 was devastating due to it's stealth. It made a loud buzz when it dropped, but instead of becoming louder as the bomb fell, it got quieter. There were brief moments of disturbing silence before a huge explosion shook the whole area. It was for this reason that it was given names such as Buzz-Bomb, Doodlebug or Maybug, although it really meant "Vengeance Weapon One".

    MG-42's continuous, repetitive blasts sounded relatively horrifying to the enemy and the sound it made when the bullets impacted into the dust, paired with it's huge firerate and shots got it the name Hitler's Buzzsaw, and the sound it made when it was fired was called the Burst of Hell.

    Katyusha was similar to Nebelwerfer in the way that it had distinctive howls and cries when fired, and unlike Nebelwerfer's, which were smoky and monotoned, Katyusha's was clear and had rapidly changing volume, meaning that it didn't have any particular pattern when it fired, but it still petrified the Germans. The German soldiers would become so terrified of it that they would be unwilling to fight against the Soviets, and dug holes in the ground deep enough so they could fit right in them. This earned it the nickname Stalin's Organs, and Stalin's Trumpet.

    Reinforced vehicles and tanks made a loud rattle when they drove along, due to the fact that they mainly had caterpillar tracks. If you were an infantry unit sent out to fight and you head the distinct rumbles, then saw one of those armored beasts clattering your way, you only had seconds to hide or run before it saw you and either blasted you to pieces with a deafening explosion, or filled you with lead after bursts of it's machinegun.

    The revvs of the German's divebomber planes, then the squealing of the bombs as they fell down, and finally the hellish bangs as the small planes blasted huge infrastructure to fragments of debris in a few seconds, all combined to make a sequence of equally terrifying sounds.

    Naval mortars had deafening bangs and plumes of smoke rose from the barrel, which meant they were easily viewable from a distance. The mortars fired quickly, and the fumes rising from the target of the artillery could finish off anyone who survived the instant explosions.

    Air raids would be warned when a siren made a crescendo-then-descendo noise a few times, before white barrages of bombs flew down, ripping towns to pieces and covering what was left of them in fire. If you were a Brit seeing this, with the smoke bellowing out and fire raging through the buildings, collapsing and exploding, then seeing the glowing rain flying down near your area, you would know you had to get your gas mask on, run to the nearest shelter and try your best to survive, as life could be over in a matter of seconds very soon.

  4. As long as the V-1 was making sound you were safe. It's when the sound stopped that things got terrifying. That meant that the engine's fuel was out and the V-1 had entered it's bombing mode.

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