Wunderwaffe

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Wunderwaffe (‘wonder weapon’) and was a term assigned during World War II by the German propaganda ministry to a few revolutionary ‘superweapons.’ Most of these weapons however remained more or less feasible prototypes, or reached the combat theatre too late, and in too insignificant numbers (if at all) to have a military effect. A derisive abbreviation of the term emerged: Wuwa, pronounced ‘voo-vah.’

The ‘V’-weapons (including the V-2 rocket), which were developed earlier, and saw considerable deployment especially against Great Britain, trace back to the same pool of highly inventive armament concepts. Although the Wunderwaffen failed to meet their strategic objective of turning the tides of World War II in Nazi Germany’s favor at a time when the war was already strategically lost, they represented designs and prototypes that were extremely advanced for their time including some of the the earliest work on rockets, jets, night vision, orbital weapons, and ballistic missile submarines.

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