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.
June 16, 1940
In the West, German forces, supported by heavyartillery and Stuka dive bombers, continue their assault on the Maginot Line on a broad front. Units of IXX.Panzerkorps (Guderian) reach Besancon on the Swiss border. The French government of Paul Reynaudresigns and is replaced by one led by Marshal Petain. 57,000 Britishtroops are evacuated from Nantes and St. Nazaire. U-101 (Kptlt.Frauenheim) sinks the British merchant ship Wellington Star in the Bayof Biscay. In the Baltic, the Red Army occupies Latvia and Estonia. Tensof thousands of “hostile’ natives and their families are rounded up anddeported separated from one another to NKVD prison camps in the Soviet Union.
June 16, 1941
The US State Department orders the closing by July 10of all German consular offices and tourist agencies in the United States.
June 16, 1942
The British light cruiser Hermione is sunk by U-205(Kptlt. Reschke) South of Crete in the Mediterranean.
June 16, 1944
Another 244 V-1s are launched against London. In Italy, the British Eighth Army (Alexander) approaches Perugia.