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.
April 12, 1941
Geran troops enter Belgrade, capital of Yugoslavia. In Libya, the Afrikakorp approaches Tobruk.
April 12, 1943
German troops of Heeresgruppe Mitte (von Kluge) evacuate Vjasma.The British Eighth Army captures Sousse in Tunisia.
April 12, 1944
German forces in the Crimea withdraw to Sevastopol.
April 12, 1945
President Roosevelt dies at Warm Springs, Georgia, Vice President Truman is sworn in as the new President. In the West, the US First Army(Hodges) reaches the Elbe near Magdeburg; the British Second Armycaptures Celle 60 miles S of Hamburg.