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V-1
The first of the operational German weapons of reprisal or "Vergeltungswaffen" - the V-1 was a pilotless flying bomb powered by a pulse-jet engine and carried a 850kg (1875lb) high-explosive warhead, and had a range of up to 200km
V-2
Also known as the A4, the successor to the V-1 was a long range rocket powered by liquid oxygen and alcohol, it had a 975kg (2150lb) high-explosive warhead and a range of 320km
V-3
Long-range smooth-bore gun designed to fire shells with up to 10kg (22lb) high-explosive warhead and a range of 93km - never very successful as most installations were destroyed by bombing before they could be used
V-E Day
Victory in Europe Day - 8th May 1945
V-J Day
Victory over Japan Day - 15th August 1945
Valkyrie
Operational code name for the Schwarze Kapelle plot to overthrow the Hitler regime - July 1944
Varsity
Operational code name for the Allied crossing of the Rhine using airborne troops - March 1945
Vichy France
French regime set up in collaboration with the Germans following the fall of France in 1940 - headed by Marshal Petain and based in the city of Vichy it governed the southern half of France until its dissolution in 1944
Volkssturm
The German Home Guard
Vulcan
Operational code name for the Allied offensive in Tunisia - May 1943
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