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  Die Wehrmacht
Mit der Namensänderung von Reichswehr in Wehrmacht änderte sich 1935 auch offen die während der Weimarer Republik entwickelte Defensivstrategie der Armee.
Heroische Darstellungen von der Kampf- und Opferbereitschaft von Soldaten der Wehrmacht auf Gemälden, Plakaten und Postkarten standen in starkem Kontrast zu ihren alltäglichen Fronterfahrungen sowie zu den von ihnen erlebten Strapazen und Schrecken des Kriegs.
Ausländische Verbände in der Wehrmacht setzten sich größtenteils aus Kriegsgefangenen oder in den besetzten sowjetischen Gebieten rekrutierten "Osttruppen" sowie aus West- und Nordeuropäern zusammen.
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 The Wehrmacht - World War II Multimedia Database   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Wehrmacht gained a reputation as an unbeatable foe, and the endurance of the German soldier was legendary.
The Wehrmacht was not blameless; except for North Africa, were Rommel personally forbade reprisals, Germany Regular Army units shot and killed civilians and POWs in every theatre.
It describes most of the tanks and conversions used by the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS Panzer Divisions from September of 1939 to May of 1945.
www.worldwar2database.com /html/wehrmacht.htm   (655 words)

  
  Holocaust Survivors: Encyclopedia - "Wehrmacht"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Nazi atrocities in the wake of this invasion were largely tolerated without protest by the Wehrmacht officers.
Within the Wehrmacht opposition to what was seen as Hitler's destructive leadership culminated in the abortive July 20, 1944 attempt on Hitler's life.
In the beginning of World War II the Wehrmacht numbered 2,700,000 men by 1943 it totaled 13,555,000 men.
www.holocaustsurvivors.org /cgi-bin/data.show.pl?di=record&da=encyclopedia&sf=entry_name&sv=Wehrmacht   (124 words)

  
  Wehrmacht - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The existence of the Wehrmacht was officially announced on October 15 1935.
Legally, the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht was Adolf Hitler in his capacity as Germany's head of state, a position he gained after the death of President Paul von Hindenburg in August 1934.
In public opinion, the Wehrmacht was and is sometimes seen as a high-tech army, since new technologies were introduced during World War II, including the reprisal weapons, the Me 262 jet fighter and the submarine force.
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 Talk:Wehrmacht - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Further, since the Wehrmacht was under the absolute control of Hitler and the Nazi government, it's not surprising the war crimes committed by the Wehrmacht were historically out of proportion with the levels of atrocity usually associated with military activity.
To me this is nonsense, the courts established in the 40's the Wehrmacht wasn't a criminal organization and if that's not recognized than you might as well say the SS and Nazi's aren't illegal as the courts said they were, you can't have your cake and eat it too.
The Wehrmacht committed numerous war crimes during World War II — terror bombing of open cities, massacres of civilian population, the Commissar Order that called for the summary execution of Soviet political officers, and the execution of prisoners of war and civilian hostages as punishment for partisan activities in occupied regions.
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 Wehrmacht Encyclopedia @ LaunchBase.org (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Though the massive exterminations associated with the Holocaust were primarily committed by the SS and the Einsatzgruppen), the Wehrmacht was also involved, as Wehrmacht officers and soldiers cooperated with the Einsatzgruppen in many locations rounding up Jews and others for internment or execution.
As the extent of the Holocaust became widely known by the end of the war, many former members of the Wehrmacht promoted the view that it was "unblemished" by the crimes allegedly committed exclusively by the SS and the political police forces.
The Wehrmacht (literally defence force or means/power of resistance) was the name of the armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945.
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 Wehrmacht
Legally, the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht was Adolf Hitler in his capacity as Germany's head of state, a position he gained after the death of President Paul von Hindenburg in August 1934.
The Wehrmacht committed numerous war crimes during World War II — terror bombing of open cities, massacres of civilians, summary executions of Soviet political officers as sanctioned by the Commissar Order, and executions of prisoners of war and civilian hostages as punishment for partisan activities in occupied territories.
As the extent of the Holocaust became widely known by the end of the war, many former members of the Wehrmacht promoted the view that it was "unblemished" by the crimes allegedly committed exclusively by the SS and the political police forces, which both were not part of the Wehrmacht.
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 Wehrmacht at AllExperts
Wehrmacht troops marching at a military parade in honour of the 50th birthday of Adolf Hitler, on April 20th, 1939.
Legally, the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht was Adolf Hitler in his capacity as Germany's head of state, a position he gained after the death of President Paul von Hindenburg in August 1934.
The Wehrmacht committed numerous war crimes during World War II — terror bombing of open cities, massacres of civilians, summary executions of Soviet political officers as sanctioned by the Commissar Order, and executions of prisoners of war and civilian hostages as punishment for partisan activities in occupied territories.
en.allexperts.com /e/w/we/wehrmacht.htm   (1938 words)

  
 Kids.net.au - Encyclopedia Wehrmacht -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Wehrmacht (literally defence force) was the name of the German armed forces from 1935 to 1945.
In 1938, after the Blomberg-Fritsch-Krise[?] the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) under Wilhelm Keitel was formed, intended to serve as military staff for Hitler.
The different branches of the Wehrmacht had different command organisations: OKH for the army, OKM[?] for the Navy and OKL[?] for the Air Force.
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 Wehrmacht   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Wehrmacht (literally defence force or means/power of resistance) was the name of the armed of Germany from 1935 to 1945.
In 1935 with the re-institution of conscription Germany the "Wehrmacht" became the official term for the armed forces previously known as the Reichswehr.
Former Wehrmacht members have long hold the and claimed that the Wehrmacht just did duty out of a sense of loyality sense of duty and honor but was part of the Nazi murder-machine.
www.freeglossary.com /Wehrmacht   (786 words)

  
 Wehrmacht: The OKW
The basic military arm of the German forces, the Wehrmacht drew deeply and widely from the German male population.
In the autumn 1944 achieved the weapon S, which acted autonomously and which was subordinated to command authority of the armed forces only in tactical and operational warfare, with approximately 900,000 members their highest crew conditions.
Heroische Darstellungen von der Kampf- und Opferbereitschaft von Soldaten der Wehrmacht auf Gemälden, Plakaten und Postkarten standen in starkem Kontrast zu ihren alltäglichen Fronterfahrungen sowie zu den von ihnen erlebten Strapazen und Schrecken des Kriegs.
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 Siebzig Jahre Wehrpflicht - Zeitlaeufte - ZEIT online - Nachrichten, Kommentare und Analysen zu aktuellen Themen der ...
Diese Zielsetzung stellt an alle Führer und Unterführer der Wehrmacht ebenso dankbare wie verantwortungsvolle und schwere Anforderungen.
Dieses Vertrauen der Jugend soll in der Wehrmacht nicht enttäuscht werden.
Unvorsichtige Worte in dieser Richtung schädigen den Ruf der Wehrmacht und den Erfolg ihrer Arbeit.
www.zeit.de /2005/09/A-Wehrpflicht_II   (814 words)

  
 The debate in Germany over the crimes of Hitler's Wehrmacht Part 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Wehrmacht led a war of extermination in Poland, the Balkans and the former Soviet Union, aimed at creating “living space (Lebensraum) in the East” by “liquidating the Jewish-Bolshevik intelligentsia” and murdering the Slavic population, all Jews and other “inferior races”.
Instead, it is claimed, the Wehrmacht was merely suffused with a military sense of duty, “in itself, an honourable attitude” which was abused by the Nazis.
His conclusion that the Wehrmacht could not be held responsible flies in the face of the fact that these executions could only have taken place in the presence and with the protection of the Wehrmacht, which in the main gave direct orders for the killings.
www.wsws.org /articles/2001/sep2001/wehr-s19.shtml   (2456 words)

  
 History Bookshop.com: Wehrmacht, myths of
This myth of the Wehrmacht as a 'haven' from the regime was extended to include not merely the attitudes of the generals, but also the actions of the troops, that is the reality of the army's conduct in war and occupation.
The soldiers and junior officers who formed the bulk of the Wehrmacht's combat troops came to the army after years of extensive ideological preparation in a Nazified school system and particularly in the Hitler Youth, whose impact on the mentality of German youngsters in the 1930s cannot be overestimated.
What can hardly be doubted is that by the time the Wehrmacht marched into the Soviet Union, its troops were prepared to wage a campaign of the utmost ruthlessness and brutality against what they perceived to be a demonic enemy even before their first encounter with the Russians.
www.historybookshop.com /articles/commentary/wehrmacht-myth-of-ht.asp   (2581 words)

  
 WW2 Battlefield relics
Wehrmacht M40 single decal battle damaged helmet with remains of the liner.
Wehrmacht M42 winter camo steel helmet, found in the basement of an old destroyed house, where was German stronghold position in 1944 year (Auvere area, Estonia).
The Wehrmacht decal is visible under two layer of white and Luftwaffe grey paint.
aboutww2militaria.com /battlefield.htm   (1859 words)

  
 Balance of Forces - German Wehrmacht Composition
The study of front-line and other Wehrmacht troops shows that units performed operations within a diversified and wide range of skill, age and race, creating a viable mosaic of soldiers the composition of the German army in France during World War II.
When the Wehrmacht invaded the Soviet Union, it prided itself on its "racial purity." The desperate need for replacements forced it to drastically modify and abandon that policy.
Russian men enlisted in the Wehrmacht were designated as Freiwilligen, or volunteers, from the western republics.
cghs.dade.k12.fl.us /normandy/balanceofforces/german/wehrmacht_composition.htm   (1079 words)

  
 Review Essay
Under active support of the Wehrmacht the four steps of the extermination were undertaken under the eyes and active participation of the local army troops.
During the entire extermination process the Wehrmacht played a central role and was involved in all relevant measures, which led to the murder of the entire Jewish population in occupied Serbia — 17,000 Jews were killed within one year (1941/42).
In that sense it is interesting to consider the Wehrmacht literature as a result of the interaction between public opinion, collective and individual memory and responsible scholars who intensify their research into the depth as well as into the breadth.
oak.cats.ohiou.edu /~cm322900/reviewessay.html   (6303 words)

  
 Reviews of 'The Wehrmacht: History, Myth, Reality'
In one sense, all members of the Wehrmacht were equally responsible in that they were all engaged in wars of agression.
Nor does it factor in that all members of the German population, including especially members of the Wehrmacht, were inundated daily with messages of hate and fear dissemininated by the first modern master of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.
While this book is useful to further discussion about the extent of the participation of the Wehrmacht in heinous acts and to what extent the blame for it should lie, it should not be viewed as the last word.
www.usingenglish.com /amazon/us/reviews/0674022130.html   (1277 words)

  
 Wehrmacht [German Armed Forces] Reports Captured on U-505
Heavy fighting squadrons lead a strong assault on the enemy supply center of “Kiev.” Heavy explosions and fires were observed in the target areas.
The enemy continues his assaults near the lower “Dnjestr.” Attempts to intrude were repelled at a high cost to the enemy.
In the far North, several strong artillery advancements by the enemy were thrown back with high losses for the Soviets.
www.history.navy.mil /library/online/u505wehrmachtreports.htm   (1438 words)

  
 Urban Dictionary: wehrmacht
The "wehrmacht" is the old (during WWII) German for the military.
Eventhough the wehrmacht was not too found of nazis.
"The wehrmacht had a shitload of powerful weapons, such as U-boats, railguns, top secret strategic missiles, among many others.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=wehrmacht   (156 words)

  
 Saving Private Ryan: Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht was the named used to cover all of the German armed forces during World War II.
Elements of the Wehrmacht, which was formed in 1935 to replace the Reichswehr, included the Heer (army), Luftwaffe (air force) and Kriegsmarine (navy).
The Waffen-SS was separate from the Wehrmacht, and was originally conceived to function primarily as an internal police organization for the Nazi party.
www.sproe.com /w/wehrmacht.html   (165 words)

  
 Wikinfo | Wehrmacht   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Wehrmacht (literally defence force) was the name of the armed forces of Germany from 1935 to 1945.
In 1935, with the re-institution of conscription in Germany, the "Wehrmacht" became the official term for the German armed forces, previously known as the Reichswehr and today called the Bundeswehr.
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 The Wehrmacht at the 1936 Nuremberg Rally
This is the section dealing with the Wehrmacht's part of the 1936 rally.
The Wehrmacht and onlookers joined in enthusiastically singing the song of the nation to end the military exhibition and flag ceremony.
The new German Wehrmacht was created because hundreds of thousands, millions, of German men and women swore allegiance in unbreakable idealism to the flag of Adolf Hitler, having faith in a new Germany.
www.calvin.edu /academic/cas/gpa/pt36wehr.htm   (2681 words)

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