Wunderwaffe is German for “wonder-weapon” and was a term assigned during World War II by the Third Reich propaganda ministry to a few revolutionary “superweapons”. Most of these weapons however remained more or less feasible prototypes, or reached the combat theater 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, which were developed earlier and saw considerable deployment (especially against London and Antwerp), trace back to the same pool of highly inventive armament concepts. Therefore, they are also included here.
In Germany, the term Wunderwaffe is still used today to describe a powerful tool.