ReichswehrThe German Imperial Army 1918 – 1935
The units, formations, and organizations of the transitional Weimar-era German Army and Navy.
ReichsmarineThe German Navy 1919-1935
The units, formations, and organizations of the transitional Weimar-era German Navy.
LuftwaffeThe Nazi German Air Force 1935-1945
The units, formations, and organization of the German Air force (Luftwaffe), including both air and ground units.
Waffen-SSThe Nazi German Armed Waffen-SS 1933-1945
The units, formations, and organizations of the Armed SS, from the largest Army to the smallest battalions.
HeerThe Nazi German Army 1935-1945
The units, formations, and organizations of the Nazi German Army.
KriegsmarineThe Nazi German Navy 1935-1945
The units, formations, and organization of the German Navy (Kriegsmarine), including ships and naval ground units.
The history of the Armed Forces Auxiliary organizations that assisted or aided the German military during and prior to WWII.
The history of the collaborationist formations that assisted the German Armed Forces during WWII.
The history of the European Axis Powers that fought alongside Germany during WWII.
The history of the extensive foreign volunteer formations that served within the German Armed Forces during WWII.
German Military Events on this Date
Read a chronological listing of German military events that occurred 1939-1945 this month.
July 26, 1941
Three Soviet armies are encircled and destroyed in the Mogilevarea.
July 26, 1942
Start of the advance by Armeegruppe A from Rostov and thelower Don toward the Caucasus region.
July 26, 1943
Marshal Badoglio is appointed head of Italy by the Italian King after the arrest of Benito Mussolini. Hilter orders a number of Waffen-SS division sent from Russia to Italy, but only the 1.SS-Panzer-Division is actually transfered.
July 26, 1944
After months of heavy fighting, the Red Army finallyrecaptures Narva in the “Battle of the European ss” – named as suchbecause of the very large numbers of foreign troops in the ranks of the German Waffen-SS who held the lines in and around Narva. Fightingrages in Normandy as Allied troops continue to attempt to break out of their beachhead.