History Main / GermanicEfficiency

10th Feb '18 2:54:21 AM DeepRed
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* The German American Football national team (yes such a thing exists) has won three European Championships (yes such a thing exists) to date (2001, 2010 & 2014). The latter of which greatly exemplifies the trope of Germanic efficiency. In the final against Austria, which was held in Vienna the referees decided to enforce the college derived rules on "excessive celebration" extremely strictly and voided quite a few big plays because a player had displayed too much emotion afterwards. Germany eventually wised up to this rule enforcement while Austria didn't. This gave them the edge they needed to win the game in triple overtime 30-27.

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* The German American Football UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball national team (yes such a thing exists) has won three European Championships (yes such a thing exists) to date (2001, 2010 & 2014). The latter of which greatly exemplifies the trope of Germanic efficiency. In the final against Austria, which was held in Vienna the referees decided to enforce the college derived rules on "excessive celebration" extremely strictly and voided quite a few big plays because a player had displayed too much emotion afterwards. Germany eventually wised up to this rule enforcement while Austria didn't. This gave them the edge they needed to win the game in triple overtime 30-27.
10th Feb '18 2:35:39 AM DeepRed
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* The German Swat Team, the "GSG-9". The Badass Counter-Terrorists in ski masks in ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'', their first assignment was the liberation of a plane from terrorists armed with small arms and grenades(!). Four hostages were lightly wounded, two terrorists shot, two others survived. Granted they'd trained on that particular plane type, but still... This is not so surprising considering the circumstances of their founding (the aftermath of the Munich Olympic Massacre in 1972) and the political climate in the 1970s Germany, with the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Red Army Faction]] rampant and killing people left and right. [[ObligatoryJoke But mostly right]].

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* The German Swat Team, SWATTeam, the "GSG-9". The Badass Counter-Terrorists in ski masks in ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'', their first assignment was the liberation of a plane from terrorists armed with small arms and grenades(!). Four hostages were lightly wounded, two terrorists shot, two others survived. Granted they'd trained on that particular plane type, but still... This is not so surprising considering the circumstances of their founding (the aftermath of the Munich Olympic Massacre in 1972) and the political climate in the 1970s Germany, with the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Red Army Faction]] rampant and killing people left and right. [[ObligatoryJoke But mostly right]].
8th Feb '18 6:19:05 PM nombretomado
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** The women's team too. Two World Cup championships in a row and did not concede a single goal in 2007[[note]]Then they got knocked down ''at home'' [[AntiClimax by Japan 4 years later...]][[/note]]. Tied with USA in overall World Cup victories. In the 2016 OlympicGames, the Germans got the gold medal by easily beating a Swedish team whose [[YouShallNotPass overtly defensive game]] made them upset the United States and Brazil. The lowest FIFA ranking the German women ever dropped to? ''Third''.

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** The women's team too. Two World Cup championships in a row and did not concede a single goal in 2007[[note]]Then they got knocked down ''at home'' [[AntiClimax by Japan 4 years later...]][[/note]]. Tied with USA in overall World Cup victories. In the 2016 OlympicGames, UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, the Germans got the gold medal by easily beating a Swedish team whose [[YouShallNotPass overtly defensive game]] made them upset the United States and Brazil. The lowest FIFA ranking the German women ever dropped to? ''Third''.
30th Jan '18 7:58:27 PM TheD3rp
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*** To be fair the more regimented approach the Brits and French used only managed to achieve MASSIVE casualties and a victory only at roughly 1:2 odds against Germany (42 million to 25 million overall, 7.5 million against 3.5 million during 1918). It speaks volumes about German effeciency and the expectation on it that fighting a war for four years that should have been lost within the first year counts as not 'accomplishing anything in particular against anyone'.
10th Jan '18 3:29:04 AM Nick98
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* Anything done with synthesizers and which is not synthpop, such as Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, Tangerine Dream, Music/EinsturzendeNeubauten, Music/{{KMFDM}}, etc.

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* Anything done with synthesizers and which is not synthpop, such as Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, Tangerine Dream, Music/EinsturzendeNeubauten, Music/{{KMFDM}}, Digitalism, Boys Noize, etc.
3rd Jan '18 1:56:31 PM Jhonny
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* The German [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football team]]. They've only missed qualifying for UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup twice, and that was because they couldn't enter (UsefulNotes/TheGreatDepression meant they couldn't afford to send a team to the 1930 World Cup due to the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic government having to pay massive reparations from losing UsefulNotes/WorldWarI), which didn't get any better with [[ImperialGermany Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicating the throne]] and taking refuge in the Netherlands, with the post-Kaiser era German republic having to borrow from other countries to make reparation payments; while the lack of a national federation and ongoing partition meant they weren't eligible for the 1950 World Cup). Of the eighteen times they have qualified, they've reached the last eight or better seventeen times[[note]] The lone exception came in 1938, when Switzerland eliminated them in the first round of a straight knockout tournament.[[/note]], the last four or better thirteen times, and the final eight times, all tournament records. Their four titles are second only to Brazil's five (while tying [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the only team the Germans regularly lose to]], Italy). They've also qualified for ten UEFA UsefulNotes/{{European Championship}}s (every one since 1972), reaching the semi-finals eight times and the final six times, winning three of them - again, all tournament records (the last shared with Spain).

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* The German [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football team]]. They've only missed qualifying for UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup twice, and that was because they couldn't enter (UsefulNotes/TheGreatDepression meant they couldn't afford to send a team to the 1930 World Cup due to the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic government having to pay massive reparations from losing UsefulNotes/WorldWarI), which didn't get any better with [[ImperialGermany Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicating the throne]] and taking refuge in the Netherlands, with the post-Kaiser era German republic having to borrow from other countries to make reparation payments; the Great Depression; while the lack of a national federation and ongoing partition partition as well as the ongoing pariah status for starting and losing WW2 meant they weren't eligible for the 1950 World Cup). Of the eighteen times they have qualified, they've reached the last eight or better seventeen times[[note]] The lone exception came in 1938, when Switzerland eliminated them in the first round of a straight knockout tournament.[[/note]], the last four or better thirteen times, and the final eight times, all tournament records. Their four titles are second only to Brazil's five (while tying [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the only team the Germans regularly lose to]], Italy). They've also qualified for ten UEFA UsefulNotes/{{European Championship}}s (every one since 1972), reaching the semi-finals eight times and the final six times, winning three of them - again, all tournament records (the last shared with Spain).
3rd Jan '18 6:08:45 AM snichols1973
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* The German [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football team]]. They've only missed qualifying for UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup twice, and that was because they couldn't enter (the Depression meant they couldn't afford to send a team to the 1930 World Cup, while the lack of a national federation and ongoing partition meant they weren't eligible for the 1950 World Cup). Of the eighteen times they have qualified, they've reached the last eight or better seventeen times[[note]] The lone exception came in 1938, when Switzerland eliminated them in the first round of a straight knockout tournament.[[/note]], the last four or better thirteen times, and the final eight times, all tournament records. Their four titles are second only to Brazil's five (while tying [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the only team the Germans regularly lose to]], Italy). They've also qualified for ten UEFA UsefulNotes/{{European Championship}}s (every one since 1972), reaching the semi-finals eight times and the final six times, winning three of them - again, all tournament records (the last shared with Spain).

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* The German [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football team]]. They've only missed qualifying for UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup twice, and that was because they couldn't enter (the Depression (UsefulNotes/TheGreatDepression meant they couldn't afford to send a team to the 1930 World Cup, Cup due to the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic government having to pay massive reparations from losing UsefulNotes/WorldWarI), which didn't get any better with [[ImperialGermany Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicating the throne]] and taking refuge in the Netherlands, with the post-Kaiser era German republic having to borrow from other countries to make reparation payments; while the lack of a national federation and ongoing partition meant they weren't eligible for the 1950 World Cup). Of the eighteen times they have qualified, they've reached the last eight or better seventeen times[[note]] The lone exception came in 1938, when Switzerland eliminated them in the first round of a straight knockout tournament.[[/note]], the last four or better thirteen times, and the final eight times, all tournament records. Their four titles are second only to Brazil's five (while tying [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the only team the Germans regularly lose to]], Italy). They've also qualified for ten UEFA UsefulNotes/{{European Championship}}s (every one since 1972), reaching the semi-finals eight times and the final six times, winning three of them - again, all tournament records (the last shared with Spain).



* German cars. Even the Great Volkswagen Exhaust Caper, which is disastrous for the reputation of German cars, should not be seen as an aversion: It was a masterpiece of cheat engineering - the car "knew" whether it was on the street or just tested, fulfilling the exhaust norms only in the latter case.

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* German cars.cars, including Mercedes-Benz, [=BMW=] [[note]]Bavarian Motor Works, or ''Bayerische Motoren Werke'' in German; the BMW's logo is based on the Bavarian provincial flag.[[/note]], Porsche, Audi, Daimler Motors which was part of Chrysler until it was sold off in 2007, and Opel, which was an overseas division of General Motors until 2017, when Groupe PSA acquired Opel from [=GM=]. Even the Great Volkswagen Exhaust Caper, which is disastrous for the reputation of German cars, should not be seen as an aversion: It was a masterpiece of cheat engineering - the car "knew" whether it was on the street or just tested, fulfilling the exhaust norms only in the latter case.
3rd Jan '18 5:40:35 AM snichols1973
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* {{Lyndon B Johnson}} owned a German {{amphibious automobile}} known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphicar Amphicar Model 770]]. Then he'd drive it with guests into a lake pretending the brakes were cut just {{for the lulz}}.

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* {{Lyndon B Johnson}} UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson owned a German {{amphibious automobile}} known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphicar Amphicar Model 770]]. Then he'd drive it with guests into a lake pretending the brakes were cut just {{for the lulz}}.
25th Dec '17 5:18:44 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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*** Despite its general failures, the German military system did have one notable successes. Notwithstanding the critical failures of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the system continued in the Reichswehr of the WeimarRepublic and by the time UsefulNotes/WorldWarII rolled around, the success of the planned operation against France was expedited by the ability of aggressive officers commanding regiments and divisions to exploit advantageous situations quickly without waiting for orders from higher ups [[note]] e.g. Rommel above, who, in 1940, raced ahead with his 7th Panzer Division without contact with higher headquarters for two days, while destroying multiple French divisions and reaching the English Channel ahead of schedule, thus trapping Allied armies near Dunkerque [[/note]]. However it is worth noting that this was the only instance of this actually helping, with the vastly greater scale and scope of the Soviet-German War [[note]] ''Gelb'' (French campaign) made use of a million combat troops over two months in an area less than 500km by 500km. ''Barbarossa'' (initial USSR campaign) made use of three million combat troops over three months over in an area more than 2000km by 2000km. The smallest units ever charted on an overall ''Barbarossa'' map were Divisions (15k troops), versus Regiments (3k) for ''Gelb'' [[/note]] making initiative at the strategic-operational level critical and initiative at the tactical-operational level actively harmful [[note]] e.g. the horrible losses sustained by the panzer forces of Herman Hoth and Heinz Guderian's Third and Second Panzer Armies (part of Army Group Centre) during Operation Barbarossa, attributable to insubordination by Heinz Guderian in attacking unnecessary objectives - which during the July 1941 Battle of Smolensk and November-December 1941 Battle of Tula resulted in the actual objectives not being taken. In Guderian's defense German forces in both cases were only barely adequate to take the (over-ambitious) objectives, even if they had been properly employed [[/note]].

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*** Despite its general failures, the German military system did have one notable successes. Notwithstanding the critical failures of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the system continued in the Reichswehr of the WeimarRepublic UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic and by the time UsefulNotes/WorldWarII rolled around, the success of the planned operation against France was expedited by the ability of aggressive officers commanding regiments and divisions to exploit advantageous situations quickly without waiting for orders from higher ups [[note]] e.g. Rommel above, who, in 1940, raced ahead with his 7th Panzer Division without contact with higher headquarters for two days, while destroying multiple French divisions and reaching the English Channel ahead of schedule, thus trapping Allied armies near Dunkerque [[/note]]. However it is worth noting that this was the only instance of this actually helping, with the vastly greater scale and scope of the Soviet-German War [[note]] ''Gelb'' (French campaign) made use of a million combat troops over two months in an area less than 500km by 500km. ''Barbarossa'' (initial USSR campaign) made use of three million combat troops over three months over in an area more than 2000km by 2000km. The smallest units ever charted on an overall ''Barbarossa'' map were Divisions (15k troops), versus Regiments (3k) for ''Gelb'' [[/note]] making initiative at the strategic-operational level critical and initiative at the tactical-operational level actively harmful [[note]] e.g. the horrible losses sustained by the panzer forces of Herman Hoth and Heinz Guderian's Third and Second Panzer Armies (part of Army Group Centre) during Operation Barbarossa, attributable to insubordination by Heinz Guderian in attacking unnecessary objectives - which during the July 1941 Battle of Smolensk and November-December 1941 Battle of Tula resulted in the actual objectives not being taken. In Guderian's defense German forces in both cases were only barely adequate to take the (over-ambitious) objectives, even if they had been properly employed [[/note]].
4th Dec '17 6:07:30 PM Saber15
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* Played with in ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'', set during the Usefulnotes/TheNapoleonicWars. The Prussian DragonRider air force is held in great esteem for their efficiency and aerial prowess. However, Temeraire points out that their formations are far too rigid and formulaic. At the Battle of Jena, the Prussian air force surrenders almost without firing a shot when the French bait away the Prussian [[BoardingParty boarding parties]], leaving the dragon's captains undefended from surprise French boarders. Later in the series, escaped Prussian dragons adopt a more flexible combat style that makes them ''very'' effective.
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