法律上讲，在阿道夫·希特勒的国家元首任期内他担任德意志国防军的总司令，他在1934年8月联邦大总统保罗·冯·兴登堡死后获得了该位置。在1938年的人事改组中，希特勒成为了德国武装部队最高指挥官并一直保有该职位直到他在1945年4月30日自杀。 Administration and military authority initially lay with the war ministry under Generalfeldmarschall Werner von Blomberg. After von Blomberg resigned in the course of the Blomberg-Fritsch Affair (1938), the ministry was dissolved and the Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht or OKW) under Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel was put in its place. It was headquartered in Wünsdorf near Zossen, and a field echelon (Feldstaffel) was stationed wherever the Führer's headquarters were situated at a given time. Army work was also coordinated by the German General Staff, an institution that had been developing for more than a century and which had sought to institutionalize military perfection.
The OKW coordinated all military activities but Keitel's sway over the three branches of service (army, air-force, and navy) was rather limited. Each had its own High Command, known as Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH, army), Oberkommando der Marine (OKM, navy), and Oberkommando der Luftwaffe (OKL, air-force). Each of these high commands had its own general staff. In practice the OKW had operational authority over the Western Front whereas the Eastern Front was under the operational authority of the OKH.
- Supreme High Command of the Armed Forces (OKW)
- Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
- Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces
- Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg (1933–1934), President of the Reich
- Führer and Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler (1934–1935)
- Generaloberst Werner von Blomberg (1935–1938), Minister for War, promoted Generalfeldmarschall (1936)
- vested into the Supreme Commander (theoretically) and the Chief of the Supreme High Command (practically)
- Vice Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces
- General Werner von Blomberg (1933–1935), promoted Generaloberst 1933
- Chief of the Armed Forces Supreme High Command—Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel (1938–1945)
- Chief of the Operations Staff (Wehrmachtführungsstab)—Generaloberst Alfred Jodl
- Supreme High Command of the Army (OKH)
- Army Commanders-in-Chief
- Chiefs of Staff of the German Army
- Supreme High Command of the Navy (OKM)
- Supreme High Command of the Air-Force (OKL)
(!) Promotion to field marshal was considered as something which is only done in wartime.
The OKW was also given the task of central economic planning and procurement, but the authority and influence of the OKW's war economy office (Wehrwirtschaftsamt) was challenged by the procurement offices (Waffenämter) of the single branches of service as well as by the Ministry for Armament and Munitions (Reichsministerium für Bewaffnung und Munition), into which it was merged after the ministry was taken over by Albert Speer in early 1942.
由赫尔曼戈林指挥的德国空军，是德国在战争初期的闪电战（波兰战役，1940年法国战役，1941年巴巴罗萨行动）中取胜的关键。德国空军的主要兵力集中在战斗机和战术轰炸机，例如梅塞施密特Bf109战斗机和Ju87斯图卡俯冲轰炸机。 飞机与地面部队的配合十分紧密。数量巨大的战斗机可以保障空中优势，而空军轰炸机会集中攻击敌人的指挥联络系统，补给线，仓库和前线支援设施。他们迅速赢得了战无不胜的美称，敌人和敌国人民的深感恐惧，当德国空军飞机到来时，他们都迅速逃跑。这导致了敌后阵线的疑虑和混乱，空军与闪电装甲师的配合似乎是战无不胜的，这使得闪电战更加卓有成效。 随着战争的继续进行，敌人的飞机产量越来高，质量也在提升。
The Luftwaffe contributed many units of ground forces to the war in Russia as well as the Normandy front. In 1940, the Fallschirm-Jäger (paratroops) conquered the vital Belgian Fort Eben-Emael and took part in the airborne invasion of Norway, but after suffering heavy losses in the Battle of Crete, large scale airdrops were discontinued. Operating as crack infantry, the 1st Fallschirmjäger Division fought in all the theatres of the war. Notable actions include the bloody Monte Cassino, the last-ditch defence of Tunisia and numerous key battles on the eastern front. A Fallschirm-Jäger armored division—the Fallschirm-Panzer Division 1 Hermann Göring—was also formed and was heavily engaged in Sicily and at Salerno.
Separate from the elite Fallschirm-Jäger, the Luftwaffe also fielded regular infantry in the Luftwaffe Field Divisions. These units were basic infantry formations formed from Luftwaffe personnel. Due to a lack of competent officers and unhappiness by the recruits at having been forced into an infantry role, morale was low in these units. By Göring's personal order they were intended to be restricted to defensive duties in quieter sectors to free up front line troops for combat.
The Wehrmacht directed combat operations during World War II (from 1 September 1939 – 8 May 1945) as the German Reich's Armed Forces umbrella command organization. After 1941 the OKH became the de facto Eastern Theatre higher echelon command organization for the Wehrmacht, excluding Waffen-SS except for operational and tactical combat purposes. The OKW conducted operations in the Western Theater.
- North African Campaign in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt between the UK and Commonwealth (and later, U.S.) forces and the Axis forces.
- The Italian "Theater" (1943–45) was in fact a continuation of the Axis defeat in North Africa, and was a Campaign for defence of Italy.
The operations by the Kriegsmarine in the North and Mid-Atlantic can also be considered as separate theaters considering the size of the area of operations and their remoteness from other theaters.
The Eastern Wehrmacht campaigns included:
- Czechoslovakian campaign
- Austrian Anschluss campaign
- Battle of Poland campaign (Fall Weiss)—a joint invasion by Germany, the Soviet Union and Slovakia.
- Balkans and Greece (Operation Marita)
- Operation Barbarossa Campaign, also known as the Eastern Front, was the largest and most lethal campaign that the Wehrmacht Heer fought in during World War II. The Campaign against the Soviet Union was strategically the most crucial for Germany and its allies, because of the economic and political repercussions defeat of the Soviet Union would have had on the outcome of the war, including that of the conflict with the UK and the U.S. in the Western Theater. The Eastern Front demanded more resources than any other Theater throughout the war. The large area covered by the Eastern Front necessitated the division of the Theatre into four separate Strategic Directions overseen by the Army Group North, Army Group Centre, Army Group South, and the Army Norway. These commands would conduct their own interdependent strategic campaigns within the theater.
- Battle of the Caucasus.
- Part of the Eastern Front was anti-partisan operations against guerrilla units and counter-insurgency operations largely by Waffen-SS units on the occupied territories behind Axis front lines.
However, Hitler demanded that the Wehrmacht had to fight on other fronts, sometimes three simultaneously, thus stretching its resources too thin. By 1944, even the defence of Germany became impossible.
- Phony War (Sitzkrieg).
- The Denmark campaign as Operation Weserübung
- The Norwegian Campaign.
- The largest campaign in the Western Theatre involving combat was conducted against the Netherlands, Belgium, etc. and France (Fall Gelb) in 1940. This predominantly land campaign evolved into two subsequent campaigns, one by the Luftwaffe against the UK, and the other by the Kriegsmarine against the strategic supply routes linking the UK to the rest of the World.
- The Western Front resumed in 1944 against the Allied forces with the Battle of Normandy.
- The strategic air-campaigns the Luftwaffe won in 1939 and 1940 in Poland and France ended with the Battle of Britain. From 1941 to the end of 1943, the Luftwaffe entered a long and bloody air-battle with the Red Air-Force that affected its participation in the campaign against the RAF. Allied air-forces enjoyed aerial superiority on all three Theaters by the summer of 1944. In respect to the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe pursued its early goal of bombing the RAF airfields and fighting a war of attrition initially, but while doing so it struggled to inflict losses faster than the RAF could replace them. Luftwaffe itself was never able to replace their losses at anything close to their loss rate due to Germany unlike the UK not being on a war economy footing, even if Luftwaffe started the battle at a numerical advantage. Later, in response to a string of events beginning with a small-scale air-raid on Berlin by British bombers, Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe bomber forces to attack British cities. These reprisal attacks shifted the weight of the Luftwaffe away from the RAF and onto British civilians, allowing the RAF to rebuild its fighting strength and, within a few short months, turn the tide against the Luftwaffe in the skies above England.
- The Battle of the Atlantic resulted in early Kriegsmarine successes that forced Winston Churchill to confide after the war that the only real threat he felt to Britain's survival was the "U-Boat peril".
More than 6,000,000 soldiers were wounded during the conflict, while more than 11,000,000 became prisoners. In all, approximately 5,533,000 soldiers from Germany and other nationalities fighting for the German armed forces—including the Waffen-SS—are estimated to have been killed in action, died of wounds, died in custody or gone missing in World War II. Included in this number are 215,000 Soviet citizens conscripted by Germany.
According to Frank Biess,
German casualties took a sudden jump with the defeat of the Sixth Army at Stalingrad in January 1943, when 180,310 soldiers were killed in one month. Among the 5.3 million Wehrmacht casualties during the Second World War, more than 80 percent died during the last two years of the war. Approximately three-quarters of these losses occurred on the Eastern front (2.7 million) and during the final stages of the war between January and May 1945 (1.2 million).
Jeffrey Herf wrote that:
Whereas German deaths between 1941 and 1943 on the western front had not exceeded 3 percent of the total from all fronts, in 1944 the figure jumped to about 14 percent. Yet even in the months following D-day, about 68.5 percent of all German battlefield deaths occurred on the eastern front, as a Soviet blitzkrieg in response devastated the retreating Wehrmacht.
在二战中，德意志国防军犯下了许多战争罪行。 During World War II, the Wehrmacht perpetrated numerous war crimes. While the principal perpetrators of the civil suppression behind the front lines amongst German armed forces were the Nazi German "political" armies (the SS-Totenkopfverbände and particularly the Einsatzgruppen), the traditional armed forces represented by the Wehrmacht committed and ordered (e.g. the Commissar Order) war crimes of their own, particularly during the invasion of Poland in 1939 and later in the war against the Soviet Union. The Army's Chief of Staff General Franz Halder in a directive declared that in the event of guerrilla attacks, German troops were to impose "collective measures of force" by massacring entire villages. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of Soviet civilians died from starvation as the Germans requisitioned food for their armies and fodder for their draft horses. According to Thomas Kühne, "An estimated 300,000–500,000 people were killed during the Wehrmacht's anti-partisan war in the Soviet Union." While secretly listening to conversations of captured German generals, British officials became aware that the German army had taken part in the atrocities and mass killing of Jews and were guilty of war crimes.
While the Wehrmacht's prisoner-of-war camps for inmates from the west generally satisfied the humanitarian requirement prescribed by international law, prisoners from Poland (which never capitulated) and the USSR were incarcerated under significantly worse conditions. Between the launching of Operation Barbarossa in the summer of 1941 and the following spring, 2.8 million of the 3.2 million Soviet prisoners taken died while in German hands.
The Nuremberg Trials of the major war criminals at the end of World War II found that the Wehrmacht was not an inherently criminal organization, but that it had committed crimes in the course of the war. Several high-ranked members of the Wehrmacht like Wilhelm Keitel and Alfred Jodl were convicted for their involvement in war crimes. Among German historians, the view that the Wehrmacht had participated in war time atrocities, particularly on the Eastern Front, grew in the late 1970s and the 1980s. In the 1990s, public conception in Germany was influenced by controversial reactions and debates about the exhibition of war crime issues. More recently, the judgement of Nuremberg has come under question. The Israeli historian Omer Bartov, a leading expert on the Wehrmacht wrote in 2003 that the Wehrmacht was a willing instrument of genocide, and that it is untrue that the Wehrmacht was an apolitical, professional fighting force that had only a few "bad apples". Bartov argues that far from being the "untarnished shield", as successive German apologists stated after the war, the Wehrmacht was a criminal organization. Likewise, the British historian Richard J. Evans, a leading expert on modern German history wrote that the Wehrmacht was a genocidal organization. British historian Ian Kershaw concludes that the Wehrmacht's duty was to ensure the people who met Hitler's requirements of being part of the Aryan Herrenvolk ("Aryan master race") living space, he wrote that:
The Nazi revolution was broader than just the Holocaust. Its second goal was to eliminate Slavs from central and eastern Europe and to create a Lebensraum for Aryans. ... As Bartov (The Eastern Front; Hitler's Army) shows, it barbarised the German armies on the eastern front. Most of their three million men, from generals to ordinary soldiers, helped exterminate captured Slav soldiers and civilians. This was sometimes cold and deliberate murder of individuals (as with Jews), sometimes generalised brutality and neglect. ... German soldiers' letters and memoirs reveal their terrible reasoning: Slavs were 'the Asiatic-Bolshevik' horde, an inferior but threatening race. Only a minority of officers and men were Nazi members.
From all groups of German Resistance, those within the Wehrmacht were the most condemned by the NSDAP[原創研究？]. There were several attempts by resistance members like Henning von Tresckow, Erich Hoepner or Friedrich Olbricht to assassinate Adolf Hitler as an ignition of a coup d'état. Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff and Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche-Streithorst even tried to do so by suicide bombing. Those and many other officers in the Heer and Kriegsmarine such as Erwin Rommel, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and Wilhelm Canaris opposed the atrocities of the Hitler regime[原創研究？]. Combined with Hitler's problematic military leadership, this also culminated in the famous 20 July plot (1944), when a group of German Army officers led by von Stauffenberg tried again to kill Hitler and overthrow his regime. Following this attempt, every officer who approached Hitler was searched from head to foot by his SS guards. As a special degradation,[原創研究？] all German military personnel were ordered to replace the standard military salute with the Hitler salute from this date on. To what extent the German military forces opposed or supported the Hitler regime is nevertheless highly disputed amongst historians up to the present day.
Some members of the Wehrmacht did save Jews and non-Jews from the concentration camps and/or mass-executions. Anton Schmid —a sergeant in the army— helped 250 Jewish men, women, and children escape from the Vilnius ghetto and provided them with forged passports so that they could get to safety. He was court-martialed and executed as a consequence. Albert Battel, a reserve officer stationed near the Przemysl ghetto, blocked an SS detachment from entering it. He then evacuated up to 100 Jews and their families to the barracks of the local military command, and placed them under his protection. Wilm Hosenfeld—an army captain in Warsaw—helped, hid, or rescued several Poles, including Jews, in occupied Poland. Most notably, he helped the Polish Jewish composer Władysław Szpilman, who was hiding among the city's ruins, by supplying him with food and water, and did not betray him to the Nazi authorities. Hosenfeld later died in a Soviet POW camp.
- Hans-Jürgen von Arnim—Commander of Army Group Africa after Erwin Rommel
- 路德维希·贝克—Chief of the General Staff of the Heer from 1933 to 1938
- 瓦尔特·冯·布劳希奇—Commander-in-Chief of the Heer from 1938 to 1941
- Wilhelm Franz Canaris—Head of the Abwehr, a Wehrmacht intelligence service
- 卡尔·邓尼茨—德国海军元帅和U型潜艇部队的建设者; 希特勒自杀后第三帝国的最后一任元首。
- Nikolaus von Falkenhorst—Commander of German ground forces during Operation Weserübung
- 阿道夫·加兰德,德国空军中任职最长的战斗机兵种总监,将梅塞施密特 Me 262主要用作喷气式战斗机的支持者
- Reinhard Gehlen—Chief of military intelligence on the Eastern Front; first head of the postwar Federal Intelligence Service (BND)
- 弗朗兹·哈尔德—Chief of the General Staff of the Heer from 1938 to 1942
- Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord—Commander-in-Chief of the Reichswehr and opponent of Hitler
- 埃里希·哈特曼—二战和整个空战史上战绩最好的王牌飞行员 (352次空战胜利)
- 赫尔曼·霍特—Panzer commander on the Eastern Front
- 阿尔弗雷德·约德尔—Chief of the Operations Staff of the OKW
- 威廉·凯特尔—Commander-in-Chief of the OKW
- 埃瓦尔德·冯·克莱斯特—A Field Marshal of the Heer
- 君特·冯·克鲁格—Field Marshal and Commander of Oberbefehlshaber West
- 奥托·克瑞奇米尔—战绩最好的U型潜艇王牌(击沉274 223吨盟军船只)
- Günther Lütjens—Admiral and Fleet Commander of the Bismarck flotilla
- 瓦尔特·莫德尔—Field Marshal, Commanded the defence of the Eastern Front from the Soviet counterattack
- 沃尔弗拉姆·冯·里希特霍芬—Field Marshal in command of the Stuka forces of the Luftwaffe for a time during the war, relative of the The Red Baron of World War I
- 罗伯特·冯·格莱姆—Field Marshal, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe in the last days of the war
- 克劳斯·冯·史陶芬柏格—generally recognized as the leader of the 20 July plot
- 瓦尔特·韦佛—the prime exponent of strategic bombing in the pre-war Luftwaffe, died in June 1936
- 埃尔温·冯·维茨莱本—prominent conspirator of the 20 July plot
German Army Generalfeldmarschalls in order of promotion:
- 20 Apr 1936 Werner von Blomberg (b. 2 Sep 1878 - d. 14 Mar 1946)
- 19 July 1940 Gerd von Rundstedt (b. 12 Dec 1875 - d. 24 Feb 1953)
- 19 July 1940 Fedor von Bock (b. 3 Dec 1880 - d. 4 May 1945)
- 19 July 1940 Walther von Brauchitsch (b. 4 Oct 1881 - d. 18 Oct 1948)
- 19 July 1940 Wilhelm Keitel (b. 22 Sep 1882 - d. 16 Oct 1946)
- 19 July 1940 Günther von Kluge (b. 30 Oct 1882 - d. 19 Aug 1944)
- 19 July 1940 Wilhelm von Leeb(b.5 Sep 1876 - d. 29 Apr 1956)
- 19 July 1940 Wilhelm List (b. 14 May 1880 - d. 16 Aug 1971)
- 19 July 1940 Walter von Reichenau (b. 8 Oct 1884 - d. 17 Jan 1942)
- 19 July 1940 Erwin von Witzleben (b. 4 Dec 1881 - d. 9 Aug 1944)
- 22 June 1942 Erwin Rommel (b. 15 Nov 1891 - d 14 Oct 1944)
- 30 June 1942 Georg von Küchler (b. 30 May 1881 - d. 20 May 1968)
- 1 July 1942 Erich von Manstein (b. 24 Nov 1887 - d. 10 June 1973)
- 31 Jan 1943 Friedrich Paulus (b. 23 Sep 1890 - d. 1 Dec 1957)
- 1 Feb 1943 Ernst Busch (b. 6 July 1885 - d. 17 July 1945)
- 1 Feb 1943 Ewald von Kleist (b. 8 Aug 1881 - d. 16 Oct 1954)
- 1 Feb 1943 Maximilian von Weichs (b. 12 Nov 1881 - d. 27 Sep 1954)
- 1 Mar 1944 Walter Model (b. 24 Jan 1891 - d. 21 Apr 1945)
- 5 Arp 1945 Ferdinand Schörner (b. 12 June 1892 - d. 2 July 1973)
Following the unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht, which went into effect on 8 May 1945, some Wehrmacht units remained active, either independently (e.g. in Norway), or under Allied command as police forces. By the end of August 1945, these units were dissolved.
On September 20, 1945, with proclamation 2 of the Allied Control Council, "all German armed forces on land, on sea and in the air, the SS, SA, SD and Gestapo, with all their organizations, staffs and institution, including the general staff, the officer corps, the reserve corps, the military schools, veterans organizations, ..., are to be fully and finally disbanded in accordance with the methods and procedures as defined by the Allied representatives." After September 20 the allies began officially dismantling the various commands.
A year later on 20 August 1946, the Allied Control Council declared the Wehrmacht as officially abolished (Kontrollratsgesetz No. 34). It specifically says: "Because of paragraph I of proclamation nr. 2 from September 20th, 1945, the Allied Control Council issues the following law:" - now it lists again the same institutions as above - but omits the SS, SA, SD and Gestapo and adds instead "The German war offices: Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW), Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH), Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) and Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine ... are hereby viewed as disbanded and fully liquidated and declared unlawful." Surprisingly the law says "are hereby viewed as disbanded and fully liquidated" and then it states that any attempt to violate the law will be prosecuted with up to the death penalty.
In the mid-1950s, tensions of the Cold War led to the creation of separate military forces in the Federal Republic of Germany and the socialist German Democratic Republic. The West German military, officially created on 5 May 1955, took the name Bundeswehr, meaning Federal Defence Forces, which pointed back to the old Reichswehr. Its East German counterpart—created on 1 March 1956—took the name National People's Army (Nationale Volksarmee). Both organizations employed many former Wehrmacht members, particularly in their formative years, though neither organization considered themselves to be successors to the Wehrmacht, and in the case of the Bundeswehr rejected the traditional grey of the Wehrmacht in order to show discontituity.
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- Lubbeck, William; Hurt, David B. At Leningrad's Gates: The Story of a Soldier with Army Group North. Philadelphia, PA: Casemate, 2006 (hardcover, ISBN 1-932033-55-6).
- Geoffrey P. Megargee, War of Annihilation. Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941, 2006, Rowman & Littelefield, ISBN 0-7425-4481
- Megargee, Geoffrey, Inside Hitler's High Command, 2000, University Press of Kansas, ISBN 978-0-7006-1187-4
- Messerschmidt, Manfred "The Wehrmacht and the Volksgemeinschaft" pages 719–744 from Journal of Contemporary History, Volume 18, Issue # 4, October 1983.
- Müller, Klaus-Jürgen The Army, Politics and Society in Germany 1933–1945: Studies in the Army’s Relation to Nazism, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1987, ISBN 0-7190-1071-3
- O’Neill, Robert The German Army and the Nazi Party, 1933–39, London: Corgi, 1966, ISBN 0-552-07910-3.
- Schulte, Theo The German Army and Nazi Policies in Occupied Russia, Oxford: Berg, 1989, ISBN 0-85496-160-7.
- Shepard, Ben War in the Wild East: the German Army and Soviet Partisans, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-674-01296-8.
- Smelser, Ronald & Davies, Edward The Myth of the Eastern Front: the Nazi-Soviet War in American Popular Culture, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-521-83365-3
- Former Waffen-SS soldiers, Wenn alle Brueder schweigen (When All Our Brothers Are Silent), Munin Verlag GmbH, Osnabrueck, 3rd revised edition 1981, ISBN 3-921242-21-5
- Wallach, Jehuda The Dogma of the Battle Of Annihilation: The Theories of Clausewitz and Schlieffen and Their Impact On the German Conduct of Two World Wars, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986, ISBN 0-313-24438-3.
- Wette, Wolfram The Wehrmacht: History, Myth, Reality, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-674-02213-3.
- .Wheeler-Bennett, John The Nemesis of Power The German Army in Politics 1918–1945, London: Macmillan, 1967, ISBN 1-4039-1812-0.
- U.S. National Archives, Captured German Records Microfilmed at Alexandria, Virginia, Microfilm publications T-77 and T-78, 2,680 rolls
- U.S. War Department, Handbook on German Military Forces, 15 March 1945, Technical Manual TM-E 30-451
- Extensive history and information about German armed forces from 1919 to 1945
- The Wehrmacht, the Holocaust, and War Crimes
- The Wehrmacht: A Criminal Organization? A review of Hannes Heer and Klaus Naumann work on the subject
- Afrikakorps.org, Allied and Axis North Africa and the Mediterranean Theater of Operations Research Group with largest collections of North African Campaign and MTO photographs on the internet
- Examples of, and information about, camouflage uniforms used by the Wehrmacht Heer, Wehrmacht Luftwaffe and Waffen-SS during the Second World War
- Archives of the German military manuals including secret manuals of Enigma and Cryptography
- Deutsche Welle article about Wehrmacht veterans
- Georgische legion—Units and photos
- Over 2,000 original German World War II soldier photographs from the Eastern Front
- 'Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg', WGN Radio Chicago—including a link to the interview with Max Hastings (29/11/04)
- Large amount of information on the Wehrmacht during 1935 until 1945
- Wehrmacht Propaganda Troops and the Jews - an article by Dr. Daniel Uziel
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- Archives of the german military manuals — also for secret manuals of Enigma and Cryptography
- Deutsche Welle article about Wehrmacht veterans
- The Wehrmacht, the Holocaust, and War Crimes
- The Wehrmacht: A Criminal Organization? A review of Hannes Heer and Klaus Naumann work on the subject