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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

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    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

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

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    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

    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

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

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  • Axis Powers

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    Axis Powers

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

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    Foreign Volunteers

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

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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.

May 15, 1940

In the West, the German XX.Panzerkorps (Hoth) repels acounter-attack by French armored forces, destroying 125 out of 175tanks. An attack by 6.Armee (von Reichenau) against the Dyle line in Belgium is repulsed. After the fall of Rotterdam the Dutch Armysurrenders (10,000 casualties). In Paris, panic breaks out over reportsof a German breakthrough at Sedan; thousands of civilians leave the cityfor the west and south of the country, clogging the roads for Alliedmilitary traffic which is attacked by Luftwaffe bombers and fighterbombers. RAF Bomber Command (Peirse) begins a strategic air offensiveagainst targets inside Germany by attacking industrial installations in the Ruhr, but with minimal effect.

May 15, 1941

In Libya, the British Eighth Army (Auchinleck) begins an offensive against the German Afrikakorps, recapturing Halfaya Pass and Sollum.

May 15, 1942

In the East, the German 11.Armee (von Manstein) captures Kerch in the eastern Crimea, forcing the Soviet forces to withdrawacross the straits to the Taman peninsula. At Charkov, the German6.Armee (von Paulus) repulses heavy Soviet attacks.

May 15, 1943

Stalin, to appease his Western allies, announces thedissolution of the Komintern, the Communist International working forworld revolution. German, Italian and Croatian forces begin an offensiveagainst Tito’s partisan army in Montenegro.

May 15, 1944

In Italy, German troops begin withdrawing from the Gustav Line to new positions, the Adolf Hitler or Dora Line, 30 miles Sof Rome.

May 15, 1945

The Axis-allied Croation forces that surrendered to British troops in Austria are handed over to Tito’s partisans whowithout delay proceed to massacre them; they kill a total of 110,000, including women and children.

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