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  • The German Imperial Army 1918 – 1935

    Reichswehr

    The German Imperial Army 1918 – 1935

    The units, formations, and organizations of the transitional Weimar-era German Army and Navy.

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  • The German Navy 1919-1935

    Reichsmarine

    The German Navy 1919-1935

    The units, formations, and organizations of the transitional Weimar-era German Navy.

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  • The Nazi German Air Force 1935-1945

    Luftwaffe

    The Nazi German Air Force 1935-1945

    The units, formations, and organization of the German Air force (Luftwaffe), including both air and ground units.

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  • The Nazi German Armed Waffen-SS 1933-1945

    Waffen-SS

    The Nazi German Armed Waffen-SS 1933-1945

    The units, formations, and organizations of the Armed SS, from the largest Army to the smallest battalions.

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  • The Nazi German Army 1935-1945

    Heer

    The Nazi German Army 1935-1945

    The units, formations, and organizations of the Nazi German Army.

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  • The Nazi German Navy 1935-1945

    Kriegsmarine

    The Nazi German Navy 1935-1945

    The units, formations, and organization of the German Navy (Kriegsmarine), including ships and naval ground units.

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  • Auxiliary Organizations

    Wehrmachtsgefolge

    Auxiliary Organizations

    The history of the Armed Forces Auxiliary organizations that assisted or aided the German military during and prior to WWII.

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  • Axis Collaboration

    Kollaboration

    Axis Collaboration

    The history of the collaborationist formations that assisted the German Armed Forces during WWII.

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  • Axis Powers

    Alliierte

    Axis Powers

    The history of the European Axis Powers that fought alongside Germany during WWII.

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  • Foreign Volunteers

    Freiwillige

    Foreign Volunteers

    The history of the extensive foreign volunteer formations that served within the German Armed Forces during WWII.

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Read and post messages regarding the German Armed Forces in a series of different forums.

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Feldzüge

Army Operations & Campaigns

The history of Wehrmacht campaigns both during and before WWII, from the earliest invasions of Austria and Czechoslovakia, all the way to the last battles in Germany in 1945.

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Auszeichnungen

WW2 German Medals and Awards

German military-related awards and medals of the WWII era, including awards for combat performance, military service and auxiliary and civilian assistance.

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German Military Events on this Date

Read a chronological listing of German military events that occurred 1939-1945 this month.

July 13, 1940

Hitler issues Directive No. 15 outlining the details of Unternehmen Seel=F6we (Operation Sea Lion), the German invasion of the British Isles. In advance of the landings, the Luftwaffe is to beginoperations against British defensive positions, airfields and radarinstallations along the southern coast of England on August 15; 2.600aircraft have been earmarked for this purpose.

July 13, 1941

In the East, troops of Heeresgruppe Nord (von Leeb) continue their advance from Pskov toward Luga, 75 miles from Leningrad.

July 13, 1942

President Roosevelt orders the establishment of the Oss(Office of Strategic Services), with Colonel Donovan as director.

July 13, 1943

Finally admitting that despite the maximum efforts by the German forces to break through the Soviet defenses no further gainscan be made, Hitler orders the suspension of Operation Citadel. Though the Wehrmacht is able to extricate most of its depleted forces from apotential disaster – a second Stalingrad – this outcome of the battlerepresents a tremendous victory for the Red Army and portends the end of German offensive operations in the East.

July 13, 1944

In the East, the Red Army recaptures Vilna in Lithuania, and continues its advance into eastern Galicia.

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