There seems to be a repeating topos in history, where powers on the loosing side of a war try to turn its tide by inventing new, secret and/or super weapons. The misguided hope seems to be that these new wonder weapons will be enough to totally surprise their enemies, dominate the battlefield and/or shock the enemy into submission – and thus bring by victory in short order.

歷史似乎有個重復的主題,戰爭失敗的一方試圖通過秘密發明新的、超級武器來扭轉局勢。失敗方錯誤地認為這些新式神奇武器完全可以打敵人一個措手不及、能主導戰場和震懾敵人,讓敵人不得不投降,從而在短時間內取得勝利。


Some examples that were (quite) unsuccessful:

下面是一些(相當)不成功的例子:

Japan building submarine aircraft carriers towards the end of WW2.
Hitlers ambitious (or rather: illusionary) Wunderwaffen programs, such as the Maus Panzer, Landkreuzer Ratte and many many more…

日本在二戰末期建造了潛艇、航空母艦。
希特勒野心勃勃的(或者更確切地說:幻想的) 奇跡武器,比如重戰車計劃、超重型坦克給還有很多很多……