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Feldzüge – WW2 German Army Operations and Campaigns

Although WWII began in 1939 operations in which the German Wehrmacht took part (albeit without firing a shot) actually began in 1935 with the military march into the Saarland after the successful plebiscite that reunited the Saar region with Germany. Later in March of 1936, the Rhineland demilitarized zone was reoccupied by German troops in […]

Awards and Medals of the German Armed Forces in WWII

Germany produced an extensive array of medals, badges, awards, and decorations between 1935 and 1945. In fact, the history of German awards and medals is very extensive, with hundreds of colorful awards being awarded since the early 1800s. Early in Germany’s history, before the individual German States were unified in 1872, and even after that […]

Glossary of German Military Terms

This glossary contains hundreds of German terms related to the armed forces of Germany during the WWII era. This glossary has been compiled from numerous s…


1.Panzer-Regiment Formed on 1 Oct 35 with two Abt. each of four Kp. and assigned to 1.Pz.Div. Mobilized with two Abt. each with two light and one medium Kp. on 18 Aug 39. 2.Kp./Pz.Rgt.1 renamed 1./Pz.Abt.A on 25 Jul 40. 5.Kp./Pz.Rgt.1 renamed 3./Pz.,Abt.A on 25 Jul 40. A Pz.Abt.z.b.V.1 with three Kp. was formed for […]

Wehrkreis I

History This Wehrkreis had its headquarters in Königsberg, and consisted of theterritories of East Prussia, including after 1939, the areas of Memel, andthe Zichenau, Sudauten, and Bialystok regions in northern Poland. Late in1939, this Wehrkreis gave up the area of Elbing in West Prussia when WehrkreisXX was formed. Wehrkreis I ceased to exist in March, […]

Übergangsheer Units Order of Battle

Übergangsheer Truppen Typ Transitional Army Troop Types Reichswehrgruppenkommandos Group Commands Wehrkreiskommandos Defense Districts Reichswehr-Brigade Transitional Army Brigades


Lineage Reichswehr-Brigade 11 und 13 (Übergangsheer) 5.Division (Reichsheer) Traditions See Divisions organic components for traditions History The 5.Division was formed in January of 1921 from the Reichswehr-Brigade 11 and Reichswehr-Brigade 13, both of theformer Übergangsheer. The 5.Division was based in Stuttgart. The commanderof the 5.Division also served as the head of the regional Wehrkreiskommandoof the […]

5.(Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment

Traditions 1. and 2. Komanie: Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1. Pommersches) Nr.2 3. and 4. Komanie: Füsilier-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Schweden (1. Pommersches) Nr.34 5. Komanie: Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr.3 6. Komanie: 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß 7. Komanie: Garde-Füsilier-Regiment Nr.1 8. Komanie: Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich Franz II von Mecklenburg-Schwerin (4. Brandenburgisches) Nr.24 9. Komanie: […]


Lineage Reichswehr-Brigade 7 und 10 (Übergangsheer) 6.Division (Reichsheer) Traditions See Divisions organic components for traditions History The 6.Division was formed in January of 1921 from the Reichswehr-Brigade 7, Reichswehr-Brigade 10, both of theformer Übergangsheer. The 6.Division was based in Münster. Thecommanderof the 6.Division also served as the head of the regionalWehrkreiskommandoof the same number, in […]