Germany

Full Name Greater German Empire
Alliance Axis - Major Member Nation
Entry into WW2 1 Sep 1939
Population in 1939 79,800,000
Military Deaths in WW2 5,500,000
Civilian Deaths in WW2 2,000,000
 - Civ Deaths from Holocaust 160,000

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

On 27 Feb 1933, the Reichstag was set on fire, generally believed to be started by a Dutch communist. The propaganda machine of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, the National Socialist German Workers' Party or Nazi Party for short, seized the opportunity to claim their importance in a Germany now influenced by the dangerous expansionist philosophies of communism. Slowly, Germany became a single-party republic, and Adolf Hitler became a practical monarch with absolute power over the nation. For the most part, Germany welcomed the dictatorship. Many considered the Versailles Treaty a gross violation of German sovereignty, and the economic depression that hit Germany left the German people thirsting for a strong leader who could bring Germany to the world stage again. Hitler manipulated politics and popular opinion with the total control of media and a powerful propaganda machine so that he could fill that role. Over the course of the 1930s, he courted industrial leaders and established a strong war production base, while he also charmed military leaders with visions of glory through conquest. The first military move took place in 1936 when German troops marched into Rhineland. In 1938, Hitler's native country Austria was annexed within German borders, followed by Czechoslovakia and Memel in 1939. Finally, the European War broke out in 1939. One by one, Poland, the Low Countries, and France fell. In Jun 1941, even Germany's recent ally Russia was invaded. In Dec 1941, after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany boldly declared war on the US as well. The illusion of Germany Army's invincibility soon fell apart, however, when the attack on Moscow, and then Stalingrad, grinded away German strength. In Jun 1944, the Normandy campaign eroded the Western Front as well. The pressures of a two-front war finally led to the total collapse of the German military. Hitler committed suicide on 30 Apr 1945, and Germany surrendered a week later.

The Nazi German period is sometimes referred to as the "Third Reich", which was a name used in Nazi propaganda. It was meant to create a sense of connection between Nazi Germany and the first two great empires in German history, the Holy Roman Empire and the German empire under Kaiser Wilhelm I and Kaiser Wilhelm II.

A heinous legacy was left with the departure of the Nazi regime. The Holocaust, or the systematic extermination of Jews, Slavs, homosexuals, the disabled, communists, and many other groups, left 11 million dead all across Europe. Of that total, more than half were Jews. Majdanek, Natzweiler-Struthof, Dachau, Buchenwald, Auschwitz, and so many other concentration camps horrified those who found them. German industries such as I. G. Farben and Fried. Krupp, too, joined in on the pillage of Europe, illegally seizing industries in the conquered nations and employed slave labor from the concentration camps. Advocates such as Simon Wiesenthal dedicated their efforts in finding those responsible for the murders and bringing them to justice.

After the war, Germany was divided into occupation zones, which led to the division of East and West Germany during the Cold War.

Source: Wikipedia.

People

Abetz, OttoGuderian, HeinzMorell, Theodore
Abraham, ErichGöring, HermannMußfeldt, Erich
Altenburg, GüntherGöth, AmonMölders, Werner
Axmann, ArturHalder, FranzMüller, Friedrich-Wilhelm
Beck, LudwigHansen, ErikNeumann, Eduard
Best, WernerHausser, PaulOsterkamp, Theodor
Bismarck, Georg vonHeinrichPapen, Franz von
Blaskowitz, JohannesHeitz, WalterPaulus, Friedrich
Blomberg, Axel vonHeusinger, AdolfPrien, Günther
Blomberg, Werner vonHeydrich, ReinhardPuttkamer, Karl-Jesco von
Bock, Fedor vonHeydte, Friedrich von derRaeder, Erich
Bonhoeffer, DietrichHeß, RudolfRath, Ernst vom
Brandenberger, ErichHimmler, HeinrichReichenau, Walther von
Brandt, HeinzHitler, AdolfReitsch, Hanna
Brauchitsch, Walther vonHoffmann, HeinrichReymann, Helmuth
Braun, EvaHoth, HermannRibbentrop, Joachim von
Briesen, Kurt vonHöss, RudolfRichthofen, Wolfram von
Buhle, WaltherIlk, IroRoettig, Wilhelm von
Burgdorf, WilhelmJodl, AlfredRommel, Erwin
Bühler, JosefJosiasRosenberg, Alfred
Canaris, WilhelmKaltenbrunner, ErnstRuge, Friedrich
Christiansen, FriedrichKeitel, WilhelmRundstedt, Gerd von
Daluege, KurtKesselring, AlbertRust, Bernhard
Dietl, EduardKleist, Paul vonSauckel, Fritz
Dietrich, JosefKluge, Günther vonSchellenberg, Walther
Dohnanyi, Hans vonKoch, IlseSchindler, Oskar
Dostler, AntonKreipe, HeinrichSchmidt, Kurt
Dönitz, KarlKrupinski, WalterSchwalbe, Felix
EgmontKrupp, AlfriedSchörner, Ferdinand
Eichmann, AdolfKrupp, GustavSkorzeny, Otto
Epp, Franz vonKuhlmann, Hans-GüntherSpeer, Albert
Falck, WolfgangKüchler, Georg vonSperrle, Hugo
Falkenhausen, Alexander vonLammers, HansStauffenberg, Claus von
Falkenhorst, Nikolaus vonLangsdorff, HansStettner von Grabenhofen, Walter
Felmy, HellmuthLanz, HubertStroop, Jürgen
Forster, AlbertLe Suire, Karl vonStudent, Kurt
Frank, HansLeeb, Wilhelm vonVeesenmayer, Edmund
Fretter-Pico, MaximilianList, WilhelmWeichs, Maximilian von
Frick, WilhelmLudwiger, Hartwig vonWeidling, Helmuth
Fritsch, Werner vonLöhr, AlexanderWenck, Walther
Galland, AdolfMaisel, ErnstWenneker, Paul
Gehlen, ReinhardManstein, Erich vonWiligut, Karl
Giesler, PaulManteuffel, Hasso vonWilmowsky, Tilo von
Goebbels, JosephMarseille, Hans-JoachimWünsche, Max
Grabmann, WalterMerten, MaxZangen, Gustav-Adolf von
Greim, Robert vonMilch, ErhardZeitzler, Kurt
Greiser, ArthurModel, Walter
Grynszpan, HerschelMoltke, Helmuth von

Events Taken Place in Germany

Treaty of Berlin24 Apr 1926
The Reichstag Fire27 Feb 1933
Re-militarization of Rhineland7 Mar 1936
Anti-Comintern Pact25 Nov 1936
Hossbach Conference5 Nov 1937
Munich Conference and the Annexation of Sudetenland29 Sep 1938 - 10 Oct 1938
The Danzig Crisis24 Oct 1938 - 29 Aug 1939
Kristallnacht9 Nov 1938 - 11 Nov 1938
The Pact of Steel22 May 1939
The Tripartite Pact27 Sep 1940
Wannsee Conference20 Jan 1942
Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities28 Mar 1942 - 3 Apr 1945
Dambuster Raid17 May 1943
July Plot20 Jul 1944 - 21 Jul 1944
Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust24 Jul 1944 - 29 Apr 1945
Battle of Hürtgen Forest19 Sep 1944 - 10 Feb 1945
Nemmersdorf Massacre22 Oct 1944
Vistula-Oder Offensive12 Jan 1945 - 2 Feb 1945
East Prussian Offensive13 Jan 1945 - 26 Apr 1945
Advance to the Rhine20 Jan 1945 - 25 Mar 1945
Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau8 Feb 1945 - 6 May 1945
East Pomeranian Offensive24 Feb 1945 - 4 Apr 1945
Crossing the Rhine22 Mar 1945 - 1 Apr 1945
Fall of the Ruhr25 Mar 1945 - 18 Apr 1945
Battle of Berlin16 Apr 1945 - 2 May 1945
Germany's Surrender7 May 1945
Potsdam Conference16 Jul 1945 - 26 Jul 1945
Nuremberg Trials and Other Trials Against Germany18 Oct 1945 - 13 Apr 1949

Aircraft

Ar 195Bf 109Fi 167He 178Ju 52
Ar 196Bf 110Fw 187 FalkeHe 219 UhuJu 87 Stuka
Ar 232DFS 230Fw 189 UhuHe 280Ju 88
Ar 234 BlitzDo 17 Fliegender BleistiftFw 190 WürgerHe 70 BlitzJu 89
Ar 68Do 18Fw 200 CondorHs 123Me 163 Komet
Ar 95Do 217He 111 Doppel-BlitzHs 126Me 210
BV 138 SeedracheDo 24He 112Hs 129Me 262 Schwalbe
BV 141Do 335 PfeilHe 115Ju 188Me 323 Gigant
BV 222 WikingDo XHe 162 VolksjägerJu 290Me 410 Hornisse
Ba 349 NatterFi 156 StorchHe 177 GreifJu 388 StörtebekerTa 154 Moskito

Ships

1934-classDeutschlandLeipzigSchnellboot-classU-47
Admiral Graf SpeeEmdenNympheTirpitzU-52
Admiral HipperGneisenauNürnbergType VII-classU-530
Admiral ScheerGraf ZeppelinOrionType XXVIIU-869
AltmarkK-classPrinz EugenU-166U-977
BismarckKarlsruheScharnhorstU-175Wilhelm Gustloff
BlücherKölnSchlesienU-27
BrummerKönigsbergSchleswig-HolsteinU-36

Vehicles

G31Panzerjäger Tiger (P) 'Elefant'PzKpfw V PantherSdKfz 138/139 Marder IIISdKfz 6
Hornisse/NashornPzKpfw IPzKpfw VI Ausf. E 'Tiger I'SdKfz 2 KettenkradSdKfz 7
JagdpantherPzKpfw IIR75SdKfz 231/232/233/263 (8-Rad)Sturer Emil
Karl-GerätPzKpfw IIISdKfz 10SdKfz 231/232/263 (6-Rad)Sturmgeschütz III
Kfz. 305 BlitzPzKpfw IVSdKfz 131/132 Marder IISdKfz 234 (8-Rad)Sturmgeschütz IV
KübelwagenPzKpfw NbFz V/VISdKfz 135 Marder ISdKfz 250Sturmpanzer
Leichter PanzerspähwagenPzKpfw Tiger Ausf. B 'Tiger II'SdKfz 138/1 GrilleSdKfz 251

Weapons

10.5 cm FlaK 38 Anti-Aircraft Gun28 cm K5 (E) Railway GunFG 42 Rifle
10.5 cm Geb H 40 Field Gun28 cm SK L/50 Coastal Defense GunGewehr 41 Rifle
10.5 cm Kanone 17 Field Gun28 cm schwere Bruno Kanone (E) Railway GunGewehr 43 Rifle
10.5 cm Leichtgeschütz 40 Recoilless Gun3.7 cm Flak 18/36/37/43 Anti-Aircraft GunGewehr 98 Rifle
10.5 cm Leichtgeschütz 42 Recoilless Gun3.7 cm PaK 36 Anti-Tank GunHafthohlladung Grenade
10.5 cm SK L/60 Coastal Defense Gun38 cm Siegfried Kanone Coastal Defense GunHitler Youth Knife Blade
10.5 cm leFH 18 Field Gun4.2 cm PaK 41 Anti-Tank GunKampfmesser 42 Blade
10.5 cm sK 18 Field Gun40.6 cm Schnelladekanone C/34 Adolf Coastal Defense GunMG 13 Machine Gun
12 cm Granatwerfer 42 Launcher5 cm PaK 38 Anti-Tank GunMG 15 Machine Gun
12.8 cm FlaK 40 Anti-Aircraft Gun50 mm Flak 41 Anti-Aircraft GunMG 34 Machine Gun
15 cm Kanone 18 Field Gun7.5 cm Feldkanone 16 neuer Art Field GunMG 42 Machine Gun
15 cm Kanone in Eisenbahnlafette Railway Gun7.5 cm Feldkanone 18 Field GunMP 35 Submachine Gun
15 cm NbW 41 Launcher7.5 cm Feldkanone 38 Field GunMP 40 Submachine Gun
15 cm SK C/28 Coastal Defense Gun7.5 cm Feldkanone 7M85 Field GunMauser C96 Handgun
15 cm Tbts C/36 Coastal Defense Gun7.5 cm Gebirgsgeschütz 36 Field GunMauser Kar98k Rifle
15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 13 Field Gun7.5 cm Infanteriegeschütz 42 Field GunModel 24 Stielhandgranate Grenade
15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18 Field Gun7.5 cm Leichtgeschütz 40 Recoilless GunModel 39 Eihandgranate Grenade
15 cm schweres Infanterie Geschütz 33 Field Gun7.5 cm PaK 40 Anti-Tank GunModel 43 Stielhandgranate Grenade
17 cm Kanone 18 Field Gun7.5 cm PaK 41 Anti-Tank GunPanzerbüchse 38 Anti-Tank Rifle
17 cm SK L/40 Coastal Defense Gun7.5 cm le.IG 18 Field GunPanzerbüchse 39 Anti-Tank Rifle
2 cm Flugabwehrkanone/Gebirgsflak/Flakvierling 38 Anti-Aircraft Gun8 cm Granatwerfer 34 LauncherPanzerfaust Launcher
2.8 cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41 Anti-Tank Gun8 cm Panzerabwehrwerfer 600 Anti-Tank GunParabellum P08 'Luger' Handgun
21 cm K 12 (E) Railway Gun8.8 cm FlaK 18/36/37 Anti-Aircraft GunRaketenpanzerbüchse 'Panzerschreck' Launcher
21 cm Kanone 38 Field Gun8.8 cm FlaK 41 Anti-Aircraft GunSturmgewehr 44 Rifle
21 cm Mrs 18 Field Gun8.8 cm PaK 43 Anti-Tank GunWalther P38 Handgun
24 cm K 3 Field Gun80 cm Gustav Railway Gun
24 cm Schnelladekanone Theodor Karl Railway GunEMP Submachine Gun

Territories, Possessions, and Nations Under the Influence of Germany

AustriaCzechoslovakia

Facilities

Bergen-Belsen Concentration CampPrison Camp
Berlin Zoo Flak TowerFortification
Buchenwald Concentration CampPrison Camp
Colditz CastlePrison Camp
Dachau Concentration CampPrison Camp
Oranienburg Concentration CampPrison Camp
Peenemünde Army Research CenterOther
Ravensbrück Concentration CampPrison Camp
ReichstagGovernment Building
Sachsenhausen Concentration CampPrison Camp
Schloß WewelsburgOther
Schweinfurt Ball Bearing FactoriesFactory
ZossenMilitary Headquarters

Photographs

King Gustaf V of Sweden at a church service in Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany, Feb 1928Henry Stimson and Frederic Sackett at the Friedrichstraße Station, Berlin, Germany, Jun 1931US Secretary of State Henry Stimson and Ambassador Frederic Moseley Sackett departing Paul von HindenburgLeutnant Heines speaking to a group of German Nazi SA men at the Berlin Sportpalast, Germany, Apr 1931
See all 256 photographs of Germany in World War II

Maps

Map of Peenemünde, Germany drawn by the British, Apr 1943






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Visitor Submitted Comments

  1. BILL says:
    20 Jun 2009 08:46:32 PM

    Did you know: 17,277,180 Germans voted for the Nazi party in the democratic elections
    of March 1933, the last to held in Germany,
    until after 1945.

    "We have become once more true Germans."

    -Adolf Hitler, March 1933
  2. Bill says:
    11 Dec 2009 01:48:10 PM

    From the end of World War I to the End of
    World War II, German Arms Industry was able
    to produce:

    14,000,000 98K Rifles
    1,200,000 Lugers Pistols
    1,100,000 P-38 Pistols
    1,000,000 MP-40 Machine Pistols
    425,000 MP-44 Assault Rifles
    400,000 MG-34 Machine guns
    700,000 MG-42 Machine guns
    During World War II the Germans also captured
    weapons from the countries, that were invaded and occupied, adding millions of new
    weapons to the Wehrmacht.

    After World War II in the 1950's and early 1960's the US Army developed new Infantry weapons, for example the M-60 Machine gun
    was inspired by the MG-34 and 42 Machine guns
    that became the basic infantry unit machine gun. The M-16 became the basic infantry rifle
  3. Bill says:
    14 Dec 2009 06:21:15 PM

    Next to the "Jackboot" was the "Stahlhelm"
    or(Steel Helmit)that made the image of the Wehrmacht. This helmit first came into use during the First World War, replacing the
    Pickelhaube(Spiked Helmit).
    After W.W.I it continued to be used by the
    German army between the wars.
    In the late 1930's the M-1935 improved model
    that was lighter more compact and more
    comfortable to ware. There was also a
    Fallschirmjager version designed for use by
    the Paratroops it was cut down, to lessen
    the risk of neck injuries.
    The M-56 originally designed in 1942, as a
    replacement for the M-1935 Stahlhelm However,
    the design did not progress during the war.
    The East German M-1956 was a copy of the 1942
    design,and was issued to the Volkspolzei and
    to the East German Army.

    Post-War use:
    Germany's GSG-9 Special unit used the W.W.II
    Paratroop helmit.
    Even the old 1960's T.V. Show "Hogans Heros"
    had a W.W.II Officers Cap tilted slightly
    on a Pickelhaube Spike Helmit.
    After W.W.II many countries in Europe used
    german military equipment among them were
    the Stahlhelm. At one time, over 28 countries
    used the Stahlhelm.
  4. Bill says:
    15 Dec 2009 02:57:53 PM

    What's a Jackboot? Any type of combat boot, that is mid-calf, and does not use any type of type of laces.
    The Jackboot is connected with terror and
    the Nazi regime, but this boot has been used
    by German armies in World War I, and before.
    During the later part of World War II with
    the shortage of material, short ankle boot's w/ gaiters replaced the jackboot in many
    German Military units.

    Did you know:
    Jackboot's have been used with British army
    regiments since the 18th Century, and with other foreign armies in europe ,but the
    Jackboot has been associated w/ Totalitarian
    regimes, as the former USSR and East Germany.
    The East German version was of poor quality
    and style, that some experts say, they are
    not worth having at any price.
    Hessian soldiers wore Jackboot's fighting
    with the British, during the American War for
    Independence,and the boot was used by armies through the Napolenic Wars, even General of
    the American Army, George Washington had a
    pair.
    Today many Motorcycle Police ware a similar
    version of the Jackboot.
    To learn more about the Jackboot, and the
    German Soldier Read:

    "JACKBOOT"
    by John Laffin
    History Press
    Published 2/6/04
    ISBN-10 0750934786
    ISBN-13 978-0750934787

    Did you know:
    The word "Jawohl" meaning Yes, Yes Indeed or Absolutely Yes! Became so strongly associated with World War II, that it is not used in the New German Army (Heer). I would also think, that the clicking of the heels
    along with a hand salute, is also a big, big
    no, no.

    "JAWOHL"!.
  5. Anonymous says:
    30 Dec 2009 05:57:13 AM

    I often used "Jawohl" (spoken: jawoll faster and louder) during my time in the German Heer. But I never clicked heels along with a hand salute. I served in the 80`s - Sorry Bill.
  6. Bill says:
    2 Jan 2010 05:58:58 PM

    To Anonymous:
    30 Dec. 2009 05:57:13 AM / #5

    Thank you for your response, and I stand corrected. Glad to receive feedback and your
    first hand information.
    I can only add what information is available on the inter-net, be it fact or second-hand
    information.
    I spent time in West Germany, serving with
    the U.S. Seventh Army from December 1966 to September 1967,before going to South Vietnam but that's another story. Went on training
    operations with the West German Army, it was an interesting experience.
    The unit that supported us carried at that time,the Heckler & Koch G3 Assault Rifle, we used the M-14.
    At that time, I was stationed in Hanau the food and beer were great! It was a long time ago, over (40) years ago but, that was when
    I was younger, much younger.

    My E-mail address is:
    pdenomie@pahrump.com
  7. Bill says:
    11 Jan 2010 03:25:25 PM

    What did thoses letters mean on WWII German
    Wehrmacht vehicles:

    Licence plate with letters
    WH (Heer)
    WL (Luftwaffe)
    WM (Kriegsmarine)
    SS (Waffen-SS)
  8. Bill says:
    11 Jun 2010 07:53:40 PM

    Blood for Oil:

    "To fight we must have oil for our machine"

    -Adolf Hitler-

    Blitzkrieg! Poland, Low Countries and France
    fast victories, a Panzer division needed
    1,000 gallons thats about (30) barrels of
    fuel per mile traveled!
    The Panzer troops, were the spearhead of all
    those early campagins However, one must
    remember that the Wehrmacht's panzers made up
    only a small part of the entire force.
    The German army was far from fully mechanized
    as much as 70% of German transport was still
    horse-drawn and each division had on hand
    5,000 horses.
    To keep the oil supply moving towads the
    Fatherland, special teams of specialists
    would repair captured enemy oil fields and
    equipment to supply the armed forces.
    During the Polish campaign, one panzer division temporarity ran out of fuel, due to
    the shortage of trucks to keep the supply
    line moving.
    Between 1933 to 1939 German crude oil production tripled to 4.5 million barrels
    per year, and synthetic fuel production
    reached 31 million barrels per year. As WWII
    went on more oil was needed to supply the
    German armed forces, and also those of her
    Allies.
    Captured stocks of oil from the occupied
    countries of Europe were not enough to keep
    Hitler's war machine running the need for
    more oil reached its limit, the Wehrmacht was
    using half of Germany's oil reserves on the
    Eastern front alone.
    Analysis of World War II, its easy to forget
    the lessons learned. Today armies are fully
    mechanized each nation is more dependent than
    ever on secure lines of oil supplies.

    French diplomat Henri Berenger once said:
    "He who owns the oil, will own the world".
  9. Bill says:
    11 Jun 2010 10:47:23 PM

    Achtung Panzer! Fuel For The War Machine

    A full strength division, in 1939 had 16,000
    personnel, and between 135 to 209 tanks, this
    does not count support vehicles.
    As the war continued the amount of tanks per
    division would decrease.

    Example:
    1st Panzer Division had 309 tanks on strength
    September 1, 1939. For the Invasion of
    Poland.
    By June 22, 1941 1st Panzer had only 145 tanks, for the Invasion of Russia.

    Fuel used by Mk IV was about one gallon per
    mile.

    German 75mm Assault Gun 0.9 miles per gallon

    German Half-track Sd.Kfz about 1.5 miles per
    gallon.

    The Tiger Tank in good weather conditions and
    terrain 1.58 gallons per mile and about
    2 miles per gallon cross country.

    Note*
    These are estimates only

  10. Bill says:
    9 Dec 2010 06:48:28 AM

    To learn more click on Events, and scroll down to Germany's Surrender. Here at ww2db

    Best wishes,
    Bill
  11. Bill says:
    10 Dec 2010 09:49:22 AM

    DID YOU KNOW...

    LIVING IN FEAR:

    By June of 1941 about 59% of the world's population was living under Nazi Germany's
    rule.
    This includes that of its Axis partners and Neutral Countries friendly to Germany.

    This figure does not include the USSR before the German invasion of June 22, 1941.
    After the German invasion of the USSR and
    Baltic Countries it would cover 70% of the world's population.

    The main power-blocs outside of the group were Mainland China, the United States, the
    British Commonwealth and South America.
  12. Bill says:
    12 Dec 2010 02:46:24 PM

    GERMAN OCCUPTION TROOPS IN EUROPE:

    HALT!...PAPERS PLEASE

    After the Victories of 1939-1940 the Germans
    kept troops in the Occupied countries.

    France 500,000
    Belgium 100,000
    Holland 100,000

    Denmark 40,000
    Norway 150,000
    Balkins 200,000

    GERMAN DIVISIONS IN OCCUPIED EUROPE:

    France, Belgium and Holland 56 Divisions
    Demark, Norway and Finland 19 Divisions
    Balkins 20 Divisions
    Italy 22 Divisions
  13. Bill says:
    12 Dec 2010 02:56:29 PM

    FEEDING THE WAR MACHINE

    TONS OF FUEL USED PER ONE HUNDRED MILES
    TYPES OF TANKS IN A DIVISION

    1941 Pz.II, Pz.III, Pz.IV and Pz.38 Used
    22.1 Tons.

    1942 Pz.III, Pz.IV Used 23.7 Tons.

    1943 Pz.III, Pz.IV, Panther and Tiger Used
    31.7 Tons.

    1944 Pz.IV, Panther and Tiger Used 35.8 Tons
  14. Bill says:
    13 Dec 2010 11:20:49 AM

    IT WAS A HEART BREAKER, THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE

    Total German combat deaths in WWII were about
    3.4 million that's about 9 out of 10 German soldiers killed, died on the Eastern front.
    This dosen't count wounded, missing and POWs

    THE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES COULD BE 100 MILLION

    During WWII an average of 25,000 people died each day, worldwide. Estimates of the total casualities of WWII will never really be known.
    Many deaths went unrecorded, some sources suggest 60 million died in WWII, but that figure could go over 100 million many died as an indirect result of the war, through
    massacre of civilians carried out by non-military forces, bandits and raiders.

    Civilians died as a resut of disease, torture
    starvation and other cruelties carried out by both military and non-military forces.
    It took ten years before the last known German soldiers were released from Soviet prisons, but how many more were really left behind?
    An unknown number of Japanese soldiers left on the Asian mainland, disappeared without a trace! Going into Soviet captivity never to be heard from again.

    "Unto the lands of Man, descend the seeds of
    the Devil and to all the Nations of the World destruction takes root..."
  15. Bill says:
    14 Dec 2010 06:28:58 PM

    During World War II the Germans issued
    captured semi-auto pistols and revolvers of the occupied countries. The semi-auto pistol is a practical firearm and the Germans looked upon the pistol as a badge of rank by both the officers and enlisted men.

    Just about every German officer was issued a semi-auto pistol, from staff to front-line
    officer.
    Every Hollywood movie ever made dealing with WWII has a German officer carrying a pistol
    next to the famous MP 40 submachine gun.
    Besides the semi-auto pistol, the revolver was also used by both the Allies and Axis troops.
    The Germans didn't issue revolvers other than
    the weapons captured along with semi-auto pistols that were issued to the rear-echelon ccupying forces.

    After the fall of France revolvers and other arms, were used to the army and police of the Vichy Government under the watchful eye of the Gestapo and the Wehrmacht.

    Most German soldiers would use the semiauto pistol over the revolver but, would use the revolver when semi-auto pistols could not be found.
  16. Bill says:
    7 Jun 2011 01:48:22 PM

    Before World War II, Germany led the world in
    technology. 75% of all technical papers and books, were written in German. The Germans were ahead in most scientific fields and continued through WWII.
    Did you know: Germany took about half of the world's nobel prize by the start of WWII.
  17. Janet Lutz-Smith says:
    9 Aug 2011 04:39:30 PM

    Do you know about forced labor In airplane factories in Leipzig, Germany about 1941? I have a Ukranian/Russian woman friend who "worked" in such a place, barely surviving on one kilogram of bread and watery soups!
  18. Bill says:
    19 Aug 2011 10:04:10 PM

    Janet Lutz-Smith the information I have is as
    follows.
    Leipzig was attacked by Allied bombers during
    WWII, one company Erla Flugzeugwerke built
    fighters became a strategic target, with the
    raids continuing into February 1945.

    During WWII German Industry producing the weapons, used slave-labor in every area of war production. Slave-labor was also used in civilian homes and business. Throughout German-occupied Europe over 12 million people
    were sent to work in German Industry.
    Many died as a result of treatment, beatings
    malnutrition slave-labor made up 20% of the
    German work force, 2.8 million Russian workers were sent into slave-labor.

    BMW used between 25,000 to 30,000 slave-labor
    POWs, Inmates from Concentration Camps.
    Others were Krupp, IG Farben, Europa and over 2,000 other German Industries made a profit off slave-labor.

    After WWII Messerschmitt served two years in prison, for using slave-labor, POWs, inmates from concentration camps.
    Years later after the war,the Federal German Government is still paying reparations in the billions to the survivors.

    SINS OF THE FATHER...

    In fact the German Government is still paying for WWII how many generations will it take, before the last payment is made by a
    generation who took no part in a war fought long ago.
  19. Anonymous says:
    25 Aug 2011 09:20:56 PM

    How can I find out who was issuesd a WW2 Browning 9MM (Belgium) made pistol with german marks on it?

    Glen
  20. flo fako says:
    18 Aug 2012 10:26:18 AM

    Is there a way to find out about stalag7 in Musberg Germany where my brother was held as an American POW in WW2 after his plane a B17 was shot down near the Austrian Belgian border in Feb 1945? Would the German govt. have records or information now.
  21. Anonymous says:
    14 Sep 2012 12:24:59 PM

    Musberg, Germany at the time of WWII had a popultaion of about 3000. There was no Stalag in town. However, I heard that in the woods of Echterdingen (about 10 miles away from Musberg) had some kind of camp.
    There is no "Austrian/Belgian border" - nor was there ever one. Both countries border Germany; Belgium in the northwest, Austria in the southeast.
  22. Anonymous says:
    24 Sep 2012 10:19:48 AM

    is there a list of german military bases anywhere on the net please?
  23. Anonymous says:
    8 Jan 2013 04:47:14 AM

    Besides the military vehicle license letters (WH, WL, WM and SS), what other letters were used and for what organizations?
  24. Soldier's daughter says:
    14 Feb 2013 12:18:32 PM

    Glen, hope you still cruise by here now and then.
    Your email re: the Belgian Browning 9mm caught my eye. You see I am trying to find my father's. He was stationed in Germany & Paris and actually brought his home. It has been missing since about 1976. He was just talking about it recently and sharing some war stories. I'll try to get more information from my Dad and respond back. Do you have one of the pistols?
  25. alan wynne jones says:
    1 Mar 2014 12:49:25 PM

    how can I find out how many german women became prisoners of war and if any nurses were killed with the Africa corps
  26. Anonymous says:
    9 Mar 2014 02:18:52 PM

    How can I track down who a P38 was issued to? Is there a site I can go to that will tell that?
  27. Gary Bilovesky says:
    7 Jun 2014 04:39:16 PM

    I am looking for information regarding a German officer who was a POW in Europe. Can't tell you where. I believe that his last name was Schmidt. He was an artist. While a prisoner, he created several chalk drawings for American Officers. I have several of his drawings and am attempting to find out information about him and his family. Do you have any advice?? Thanks!
  28. Anonymous says:
    15 Jul 2014 11:46:31 AM

    Hi guys, Does anyone know if Germanys licensplatenumber on Heer to Kriegsmarine WWII, still is registrated in documents somewhere. I own a couple of German armycars from the war and I have the reg.number but I don´t have any idea wich unit or staff it belonged to.

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