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Gaijin Please: New Bombs for the Allies

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Right now, the Soviets have a monopoly of ungodly massive conventional bombs with the meme machine known as the Pe-8. However, the FAB-5000 was not the largest bomb of the war, nor the largest bomb carried by any plane in game. The Germans have the only guided bomb in the game, even though the US had their own during the war. Welcome to the land of the less common Allied bombs, ranging from small to the largest, both dumb and guided.

First, we'll start small. This would be the VB-1 AZON and it's more advanced brother, the VB-3 RAZON. These were 1000 pound guided bombs, AZON being able to only manuver left and right, or Azimuth Only, thus the name. The RAZON gained the ability to adjust range, thus the name Range and Azimuth Only. The AZONs were carried by B-17 and B-24s and used during WWII, while the RAZON was tested by a B-17 but used by B-29s in Korea. Like the JDAM or Paveway, these were made from dumb bombs.

Moving on a little bigger, the 2000 pound category. VB-2 and VB-4 were the bigger versions of the AZON and RAZON, respectively. There were also the GB-4 and GB-8 glide bombs, but these have the range to cross the English Channel under ideal conditions, so I don't see them being added.

Bigger still is the Mk 118 demolition bomb. It is a 3000 pound dumb bomb, with a filler weight of almost 2000 pounds of Tritonal, which is more powerful than TNT. This was used by the F-4 and F-100, along with other Century-series planes. It could be converted into the GBU-11 Paveway I, but nothing in the game could use that.

Even larger than that is the AN-M56 Light Case bomb, a 4000 pound monstrosity with 3,245 pounds of Amatol or TNT inside. A B-29 could carry up to four of these under its wings.

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Now, moving on to the more fun and ungodly massive bombs, starting with the Tallboy and its guided brother, the TARZON. The Tallboy was British, but used by the Americans as the T-10. It could be carried semi-internally by a Lancaster or Victor in British service, or B-29 or B-36 in America. It was a bunker buster, but was used against surface targets. Tallboys were used exclusively by the UK during WWII, but T-10 and TARZON bombs were used by the US during the Korean war. They had a 5,200 pound Torpex warhead and weighed 12,000 pounds(13,000 for TARZON).

Smaller but with a heavier warhead is the Pumpkin bomb. These were a bit under 12,000 pounds, and had a 6,300 pound warhead of Comp B. They were basically Fat Man casings but with the physics package replaced with explosives. They could only be carried by Silverplate upgraded B-29s, and were used against Japan before the first atom bomb drop.

Finally, we have the ungodly massive Grand Slam, a 22,000 pound British Bunker Buster. The US called it the T-14, but never operationally used it. The Lancaster could carry one, underneath the fuselage. The B-29, on the other hand, could carry one under each wing, but this was never used in combat because Japan surrendered before they could be used. Its warhead was 9,136 pounds of Torpex, or almost double that of the FAB-5000.

I want these because the allies should get some guided bombs at the middle BRs, so that the He-177 isn't alone with its Fritz-X, and I want massive bombs because strategic bombers can now become CAS, for no reason other than not having to aim bombs properly.


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