Noun (abbreviation): a sub-orbital, intermediate range ballistic missile carrying
an explosive warhead
, officially known (in German) as "Vergeltungswaffe 2" (Eng. trans: "Vengeance weapon 2"), deployed by Nazi Germany against Britain and other Allied European nations beginning in September of 1944, and continuing until the cessation
of its production in March, 1945.
"The V-2 was Hitler's
last hope to stave
off defeat, but his scientists were unable to develop a nuclear warhead
which could be delivered to London, or multiple rocket staqes which could have placed Washington, D.C. within reach of the weapon."