WHAT A WASTE! The Germans had a very powerful weapon in WWII which never repaid its investment. The TIRPITZ was the largest battleship ever built in Europe, with dimensions slightly exceeding those of her sister ship the Bismarck. Tirpitz never fired at an enemy ship, and participated in ONLY ONE combat operation which was the only time she fired against enemy ground targets.
The Tirpitz had, on paper, awesome fighting statistics. She displaced 42,900 tons and had an overall length of 792 feet. Her maximum speed was 30 knots and she had a range of 9,000 miles at 19 knots. At its maximum, the ship’s armour was 12.5 inches and she was armed with 8 x 15 inch guns, 12 x 5.9 inch guns, 16 x 4 inch AA guns, 16 x 37mm AA guns, 58 x 20mm AA guns, 8 x 21 torpedo tubes and six aircraft. Her crew numbered 2,400. By any standards, the Tirpitz would have been a major threat to either the Russian convoys or the Atlantic convoys.
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WHAT A WASTE! The Germans had another “biggest” The GUSTAV Gun was the largest calibre rifled weapon in the history of artillery to see actual combat, but was fired ONLY ONCE in the Soviet Union at the siege of Sevastopol.
Gustav weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes, and could fire shells weighing seven tonnes to a range of 37 kilometers (23 miles). In combat, the gun was mounted on a specially designed chassis, supported by four bogies on parallel sets of railway tracks. Each of the bogies had 20 axles, giving a total of 80 axles (160 wheels). The ammunition for the gun consisted of a heavy concrete-piercing shell and a lighter high-explosive shell. A super-long-range rocket projectile was also planned with a range of 150 km that would require the barrel being extended to 84 meters. This rocket projectile might have enabled the bombardment of England.
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WHAT A WASTE when Christians do not use the gifts they are given – the biggest of all gifts – the power of heaven!
The Lord Jesus gave gifts to His people. To some He gave more, to others less, but to each He gave at least ONE gift. He gave these for a single purpose: to be USED to benefit His Church. He loaded His people with all the power, armour, weaponry and ammunition needed to live victoriously and to complete His work.
Each who is a child of the living God needs to ask:
Am I using the gift/s He has given me?
Am I fulfilling His purpose?
Or am I like the Tirpitz or the Gustav – the best of its kind but a useless waste?
If I refuse to use my gift/s I insult my God and mock His purpose.
# If there is NO FRUIT in my life, there is NO REASON for my existence.
# Life’s greatest privilege is to be a co-labourer together with God.
# Either Christ is Lord OF all or He is not Lord AT all.