Wunderwaffe

Wunderwaffe

Wunderwaffen is German for "wonder weapons", and was a term assigned during World War II by the Nazi propaganda ministry to a few revolutionary "superweapons". Most of these weapons reached the combat theatre too late, and in too insignificant numbers (if at all) to have a military effect. Even if they did, the "Wunderwaffen" mostly failed to fulfill their propaganda-inflated capabilities. Most soldiers, and many civilians, realized that. A derisive abbreviation of the term emerged: Wuwa, pronounced "voo-vah".

The V-weapons, which were developed earlier, and saw considerable deployment especially against Great Britain, trace back to the same pool of highly inventive armament concepts which surpassed anything the Allies could field at that time. Therefore, they are also included here.

Although the Wunderwaffen completely 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. With the exception of the gigantic tanks, almost every single one of the Wunderwaffen was developed into sophisticated weaponry in the following decades.

Naval vessels

Tanks

Jets and rocket-propelled aircraft

Combat helicopters

Bombs and explosives

Artillery

Missiles

Rifles

Support equipment

In fiction

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