History UsefulNotes / NazisWithGnarlyWeapons

15th Jun '16 6:17:55 PM Doug86
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The Wehrmacht's officers were somewhere inbetween the leadership and the rank-and-file when it came to support for Nazism, though there was a clear shift towards Nazism over time. Within the ''Wehrmacht'' there was a fairly clear division between the branches in terms of politics; the Luftwaffe was the most Nazi-fied service as it had only been re-created under Hitler's regime; the Army didn't really start to become Nazified until 1938-40 when the conservative Commander-in-Chief was replaced and before then had been largely conservative, especially in its pre-war [[BlueBlood Junker]]-dominated officer corps (and until 1943-44 Wehrmacht soldiers were freer to crack jokes about Hitler than they were at home); and (as anyone who's seen ''Film/DasBoot'' can tell you) the Navy was the least ideological service and ''still'' wasn't Nazi-fied even in 1944-45. The navy in particular is occasionally considered to have been a hotbed of democratic and leftist sentiment (sailors of the High Seas Fleet had started the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Revolution_of_1918%E2%80%9319 German Revolution]] at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne). Hitler himself was known to joke that he had "a conservative army, a Nazi air force, and a communist navy" (another version of the same joke is that Nazi Germany had Frederick the Great's army, Kaiser Wilhelm's navy and Hitler's air force).

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The Wehrmacht's officers were somewhere inbetween the leadership and the rank-and-file when it came to support for Nazism, though there was a clear shift towards Nazism over time. Within the ''Wehrmacht'' there was a fairly clear division between the branches in terms of politics; the Luftwaffe was the most Nazi-fied service as it had only been re-created under Hitler's regime; the Army didn't really start to become Nazified until 1938-40 when the conservative Commander-in-Chief was replaced and before then had been largely conservative, especially in its pre-war [[BlueBlood Junker]]-dominated officer corps (and until 1943-44 Wehrmacht soldiers were freer to crack jokes about Hitler than they were at home); and (as anyone who's seen ''Film/DasBoot'' can tell you) the Navy was the least ideological service and ''still'' wasn't Nazi-fied even in 1944-45. The navy in particular is occasionally considered to have been a hotbed of democratic and leftist sentiment (sailors of the High Seas Fleet had started the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Revolution_of_1918%E2%80%9319 German Revolution]] at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne).UsefulNotes/WorldWarI). Hitler himself was known to joke that he had "a conservative army, a Nazi air force, and a communist navy" (another version of the same joke is that Nazi Germany had Frederick the Great's army, Kaiser Wilhelm's navy and Hitler's air force).



The idea that the Wehrmacht was a professional and a-political institution which bravely opposed the excesses of the Nazi regime was encouraged by the self-serving memoirs of those Wehrmacht generals that escaped execution after the war, who promoted the idea of the "[[http://harvardpress.typepad.com/hup_publicity/2006/07/the_wehrmacht_a.html clean Wehrmacht]]". The Wehrmacht was ''not'' clean. It was less 'dirty' than the SS, but by normal standards it was still incredibly cruel and brutal. This was encouraged by the Wehrmacht's proclamations prior to the execution of ''[[WorldWarTwo Unternehmen Barbarossa]]'' in 1941 (which they made of their own free will) that a Soviet citizen disobeying an order given by Wehrmacht employee was a crime punishable by death and that no Wehrmacht employee would ever be tried for any actions taken against any Soviet citizen. To quote section II.1 of the OKH (Army High Command) ''Barbarossa Decree'' of 13/5/1941: "[[http://users.clas.ufl.edu/ggiles/barbaros.html For acts which members of the Wehrmacht or its retinue commit against enemy civilians, there is no compulsion to prosecute, even when the act represents at the same time a military crime or offense.]]"

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The idea that the Wehrmacht was a professional and a-political institution which bravely opposed the excesses of the Nazi regime was encouraged by the self-serving memoirs of those Wehrmacht generals that escaped execution after the war, who promoted the idea of the "[[http://harvardpress.typepad.com/hup_publicity/2006/07/the_wehrmacht_a.html clean Wehrmacht]]". The Wehrmacht was ''not'' clean. It was less 'dirty' than the SS, but by normal standards it was still incredibly cruel and brutal. This was encouraged by the Wehrmacht's proclamations prior to the execution of ''[[WorldWarTwo ''[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Unternehmen Barbarossa]]'' in 1941 (which they made of their own free will) that a Soviet citizen disobeying an order given by Wehrmacht employee was a crime punishable by death and that no Wehrmacht employee would ever be tried for any actions taken against any Soviet citizen. To quote section II.1 of the OKH (Army High Command) ''Barbarossa Decree'' of 13/5/1941: "[[http://users.clas.ufl.edu/ggiles/barbaros.html For acts which members of the Wehrmacht or its retinue commit against enemy civilians, there is no compulsion to prosecute, even when the act represents at the same time a military crime or offense.]]"



The iconic pistol associated with Nazis is the Pistole 08, universally known as the "Luger", and also as ''Parabellum''. The pistol was actually used in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, but was gradually being replaced by the Walther P38 after 1938. The pistol just [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/Parabellum_1586.jpg looks evil]] ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Walter_HP_Speerwerke_1428.jpg so does the P38]], just that it's [[OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture slightly boxier]]) and enough were [[{{Plunder}} collected as trophies]] by Allied soldiers to ensure continued currency. As with the K98 example above, however, despite its refinements in mass production technology there were simply not enough P38s to go around that the Luger could be removed from service (even had any of the servicemen who were lucky enough to have one been inclined to do so), so the two sidearms soldiered along side by side for the duration of the war. The P38 is also associated with another evil figure in modern culture, [[TheTransformers Megatron]]. Another iconic pistol is the Walther PPK; the gun that Film/JamesBond uses is also the one that Hitler used to kill himself.

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The iconic pistol associated with Nazis is the Pistole 08, universally known as the "Luger", and also as ''Parabellum''. The pistol was actually used in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, but was gradually being replaced by the Walther P38 after 1938. The pistol just [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/Parabellum_1586.jpg looks evil]] ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Walter_HP_Speerwerke_1428.jpg so does the P38]], just that it's [[OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture slightly boxier]]) and enough were [[{{Plunder}} collected as trophies]] by Allied soldiers to ensure continued currency. As with the K98 example above, however, despite its refinements in mass production technology there were simply not enough P38s to go around that the Luger could be removed from service (even had any of the servicemen who were lucky enough to have one been inclined to do so), so the two sidearms soldiered along side by side for the duration of the war. The P38 is also associated with another evil figure in modern culture, [[TheTransformers Megatron]]. Another iconic pistol is the Walther PPK; the gun that Film/JamesBond uses is also the one that Hitler used to kill himself.



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30th May '16 1:25:02 PM Ulkomaalainen
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UsefulNotes/NaziGermany fielded soldiers from a number of armed organisations for conventional warfare, anticipatory-retaliatory anti-partisan warfare, and prejudicial counter-intelligence operations. These were subordinated to two major organisations, the ''SS'' (''Schutzstaffel'' - lit. 'protection quadron') and the Wehrmacht (Military). The ''SS'' was created from the merger of paramilitary groups associated with the Nazi Party with Germany's major police forces upon their seizure of power in 1933, and was originally focused on unconventional enemies. The ''Wehrmacht'' was created from the ''Reichswehr'', the military of the German Republic (1918-1933), in 1935 and had an initial focus on conventional enemies.

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UsefulNotes/NaziGermany fielded soldiers from a number of armed organisations for conventional warfare, anticipatory-retaliatory anti-partisan warfare, and prejudicial counter-intelligence operations. These were subordinated to two major organisations, the ''SS'' (''Schutzstaffel'' - lit. 'protection quadron') squadron') and the Wehrmacht (Military). The ''SS'' was created from the merger of paramilitary groups associated with the Nazi Party with Germany's major police forces upon their seizure of power in 1933, and was originally focused on unconventional enemies. The ''Wehrmacht'' was created from the ''Reichswehr'', the military of the German Republic (1918-1933), in 1935 and had an initial focus on conventional enemies.
23rd May '16 12:48:10 AM Nautilus1
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All half-tracks designed within Germany used a similar cleverly-designed ''[[GratuitousGerman Schachtellaufwerk]]'' chassis, scaled to their respective size, which proved their undoing: to allow high road speeds, all track links were fitted on needle bearings with individual sealing and lubrication. [[AwesomeButImpractical Hundreds of roller-bearings for each]] [[PrecisionFStrike damn]] vehicle. No wonder they could not make more than a few thousands of each type.
5th May '16 7:19:57 PM MAI742
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UsefulNotes/NaziGermany fielded soldiers from a number of armed organisations for conventional warfare, anticipatory-retaliatory anti-partisan warfare, and prejudicial counter-intelligence operations. These were subordinated to two major organisations, the SS (Schutzstaffel - Protection Squadron) and the Wehrmacht (Military). The Schutzstaffe was created from the merger of paramilitary groups associated with the Nazi Party with Germany's major police forces upon their seizure of power in 1933, and was originally focused on unconventional enemies. The ''Wehrmacht'' was created from the ''Reichswehr'', the military of the German Republic (1918-1933), in 1935 and had an initial focus on conventional enemies.

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UsefulNotes/NaziGermany fielded soldiers from a number of armed organisations for conventional warfare, anticipatory-retaliatory anti-partisan warfare, and prejudicial counter-intelligence operations. These were subordinated to two major organisations, the SS (Schutzstaffel ''SS'' (''Schutzstaffel'' - Protection Squadron) lit. 'protection quadron') and the Wehrmacht (Military). The Schutzstaffe ''SS'' was created from the merger of paramilitary groups associated with the Nazi Party with Germany's major police forces upon their seizure of power in 1933, and was originally focused on unconventional enemies. The ''Wehrmacht'' was created from the ''Reichswehr'', the military of the German Republic (1918-1933), in 1935 and had an initial focus on conventional enemies.


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->''"When you look at the promotion of our younger officers, the penetration of our National Socialist ''Volksgemeinschaft'' [national community/body politic] has already begun here in its full extent [...] Out of this war will emerge a ''Volksgemeinschaft'' established through blood, much stronger even than we National Socialists through our faith could convey to the nation after the World War."''
-->-- "'''Speech of 30/9/1942'''", Adolf Hitler, translated by Stephen G. Fritz
5th May '16 5:33:08 PM Faberlich
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UsefulNotes/NaziGermany fielded soldiers from a number of armed organisations for conventional warfare, anticipatory-retaliatory anti-partisan warfare, and prejudicial counter-intelligence operations. These were subordinated to two major organisations, the SS (''Schutzstaffel'' - Protection Squadron) and the ''Wehrmacht'' (Military). The ''Schutzstaffel'' was created from the merger of paramilitary groups associated with the Nazi Party with Germany's major police forces upon their seizure of power in 1933, and was originally focused on unconventional enemies. The ''Wehrmacht'' was created from the ''Reichswehr'', the military of the German Republic (1918-1933), in 1935 and had an initial focus on conventional enemies.

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UsefulNotes/NaziGermany fielded soldiers from a number of armed organisations for conventional warfare, anticipatory-retaliatory anti-partisan warfare, and prejudicial counter-intelligence operations. These were subordinated to two major organisations, the SS (''Schutzstaffel'' (Schutzstaffel - Protection Squadron) and the ''Wehrmacht'' Wehrmacht (Military). The ''Schutzstaffel'' Schutzstaffe was created from the merger of paramilitary groups associated with the Nazi Party with Germany's major police forces upon their seizure of power in 1933, and was originally focused on unconventional enemies. The ''Wehrmacht'' was created from the ''Reichswehr'', the military of the German Republic (1918-1933), in 1935 and had an initial focus on conventional enemies.
5th May '16 5:24:16 PM Faberlich
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UsefulNotes/NaziGermany fielded soldiers from a number of armed organisations for conventional warfare, anticipatory-retaliatory anti-partisan warfare, and prejudicial counter-intelligence operations. These were subordinated to two major organisations, the ''Schutzstaffel'' (Protection Squadron) and the ''Wehrmacht'' (Military). The ''Schutzstaffel'' was created from the merger of paramilitary groups associated with the Nazi Party with Germany's major police forces upon their seizure of power in 1933, and was originally focused on unconventional enemies. The ''Wehrmacht'' was created from the ''Reichswehr'', the military of the German Republic (1918-1933), in 1935 and had an initial focus on conventional enemies.

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UsefulNotes/NaziGermany fielded soldiers from a number of armed organisations for conventional warfare, anticipatory-retaliatory anti-partisan warfare, and prejudicial counter-intelligence operations. These were subordinated to two major organisations, the ''Schutzstaffel'' (Protection SS (''Schutzstaffel'' - Protection Squadron) and the ''Wehrmacht'' (Military). The ''Schutzstaffel'' was created from the merger of paramilitary groups associated with the Nazi Party with Germany's major police forces upon their seizure of power in 1933, and was originally focused on unconventional enemies. The ''Wehrmacht'' was created from the ''Reichswehr'', the military of the German Republic (1918-1933), in 1935 and had an initial focus on conventional enemies.
30th Mar '16 5:29:16 PM MAI742
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Germany employed the first large scale airborne operations during their invasion of Norway. However, a massive loss at Crete convinced Hitler that airborne operations would no longer be feasible. Of almost 20,000 ''Fallschirmjäger'' which were deployed, some 5,000 were lost as killed in action and 6,000 as wounded or injured. Hitler considered the Cretan victory as a Pyrrhic victory and forbade further parachute operations, to much dismay of Göring and Kurt Student. Ironically, the Allies were so impressed by the Fallshirmjäger's performance at Crete that they started building up their own airborne divisions (which would play a critical role at Normandy). For the rest of the war, they were pretty much used alongside regular infantry forces. Luckily, they did get a pretty nice CrowningMomentOfAwesome in 1943: the rescue of Mussolini without the loss of a single life. The guys were so elite, they had their own [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallschirmj%C3%A4ger_(World_War_II)#The_Parachutist.27s_.22Ten_Commandments.22 Ten Commandments]] for combat.

The Fallschirmjäger fought as elite units on foot from 1941 onwards, and carried out only small-scale jumps. Their finest hour was the defence of Monte Cassino 1943 in Italy where they fought so tenaciously they earned the nickname ''Green Devils'' by the Allies. They were along the Waffen-SS units the nemesis of the Western allies in France 1944. Their last battle was the defence of Ardennes during the Battle of Bulge 1944-1945, where they also made their last combat jump.

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Germany employed the first large scale airborne operations during their invasion of Norway. However, a massive loss at Crete convinced Hitler that airborne operations would no longer be feasible. Of almost 20,000 ''Fallschirmjäger'' which were deployed, some 5,000 were lost as killed in action and 6,000 as wounded or injured. Hitler considered the Cretan victory as a Pyrrhic victory and forbade further parachute operations, to much dismay of Göring and Kurt Student. Ironically, the western Allies were so impressed by the Fallshirmjäger's performance at Crete that they started building up their own airborne divisions (which would play a critical role at Normandy).played important roles in ''Overlord'' and ''Market Garden''). For the rest of the war, they were pretty much used alongside regular infantry forces. Luckily, they did get a pretty nice CrowningMomentOfAwesome in 1943: the rescue of Mussolini without the loss of a single life. The guys were so elite, they had their own [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallschirmj%C3%A4ger_(World_War_II)#The_Parachutist.27s_.22Ten_Commandments.22 Ten Commandments]] for combat.

The Fallschirmjäger fought as elite units on foot from 1941 onwards, and carried out only small-scale jumps. Their finest hour against the Western Allies was the defence of Monte Cassino 1943 in Italy Italy, where they fought so tenaciously they earned the nickname ''Green Devils'' by the Allies. They were along the Devils''. Because Luftwaffe and Waffen-SS units received first priority on new troops and reinforcements, their units became progressively more effective than ''Heer'' ones. Consequently, by the nemesis time of the Western allies 1944 Allied invasion of and offensives in France 1944. Their their main nemeses there were Waffen-SS panzer and Fallschirmjäger infantry troops. The Fallschirmjägers' last battle combat jump was during the December 1944 ''Wahcht am Rhein'' offensive in France, and their last combat action was the defence of Ardennes during the Battle Seelöw heights (immediately to the east of Bulge 1944-1945, where they also made their last combat jump.
Berlin) from Georgy Zhukov's 1st Belorussian Front in April 1945.
30th Mar '16 12:37:40 PM morane
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The iconic pistol associated with Nazis is the Pistole 08, universally known as the "Luger". The pistol was actually used in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, but was gradually being replaced by the Walther P38 after 1938. The pistol just [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/Parabellum_1586.jpg looks evil]] ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Walter_HP_Speerwerke_1428.jpg so does the P38]], just that it's [[OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture slightly boxier]]) and enough were [[{{Plunder}} collected as trophies]] by Allied soldiers to ensure continued currency. As with the K98 example above, however, despite its refinements in mass production technology there were simply not enough P38s to go around that the Luger could be removed from service (even had any of the servicemen who were lucky enough to have one been inclined to do so), so the two sidearms soldiered along side by side for the duration of the war. The P38 is also associated with another evil figure in modern culture, [[TheTransformers Megatron]]. Another iconic pistol is the Walther PPK; the gun that Film/JamesBond uses is also the one that Hitler used to kill himself.

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The iconic pistol associated with Nazis is the Pistole 08, universally known as the "Luger"."Luger", and also as ''Parabellum''. The pistol was actually used in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, but was gradually being replaced by the Walther P38 after 1938. The pistol just [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/Parabellum_1586.jpg looks evil]] ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Walter_HP_Speerwerke_1428.jpg so does the P38]], just that it's [[OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture slightly boxier]]) and enough were [[{{Plunder}} collected as trophies]] by Allied soldiers to ensure continued currency. As with the K98 example above, however, despite its refinements in mass production technology there were simply not enough P38s to go around that the Luger could be removed from service (even had any of the servicemen who were lucky enough to have one been inclined to do so), so the two sidearms soldiered along side by side for the duration of the war. The P38 is also associated with another evil figure in modern culture, [[TheTransformers Megatron]]. Another iconic pistol is the Walther PPK; the gun that Film/JamesBond uses is also the one that Hitler used to kill himself.
30th Mar '16 11:58:04 AM morane
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-->--'''Fallschirmjägerlied''', the song of the German paratroopers

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30th Mar '16 11:56:47 AM morane
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Unlike other militaries, the ''Luftwaffe'' had its own ground troops: the ''Fallschirmjäger'', or paratrooper (normally, paratroopers are part of the army and not the air force). Germany employed the first large scale airborne operations during their invasion of Norway. However, a massive loss at Crete convinced Hitler that airborne operations would no longer be feasible. Ironically, the Allies were so impressed by the Fallshirmjäger's performance at Crete that they started building up their own airborne divisions (which would play a critical role at Normandy). For the rest of the war, they were pretty much used alongside regular infantry forces. Luckily, they did get a pretty nice CrowningMomentOfAwesome in 1943: the rescue of Mussolini without the loss of a single life. The guys were so elite, they had their own [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallschirmj%C3%A4ger_(World_War_II)#The_Parachutist.27s_.22Ten_Commandments.22 Ten Commandments]] for combat.

The ''Luftwaffe'' had more troops than just the elite ''Fallschirmjäger''. Goering had the "bright idea" to bolster Eastern Front strength by building field divisions from ground, support and other auxiliary personnel. In total, the ''Luftwaffe'' Field Divisions bolstered strength by some 200,000 to 250,000 troops. Sadly, these guys were pretty much just one step up from the ''Volkssturm'', the difference being these were men who were in their prime to actually serve as soldiers. They performed horribly in combat and were eventually reduced to rear duties. However, their greatest contribution to the war-effort was undoubtedly to leave the undermanned ''Heer'' short of 250,000 men and instead put them into completely 'green' units wherein no soldier had ever seen combat before. This meant that both ''Heer'' and ''Luftwaffe'' combat-units took greater and inflicted less losses against Soviet units since the ''Heer'' units were critically under-manned and the ''Luftwaffe'' units were full of panicky civilians[[note]] As early as July 1941 it was noted that experienced units at only ''half-strength'' were still capable of performing tasks that 'green' units at ''full-strength'' could not. This proved to be doubly true for the ''Luftwaffe'' field divisions, as they also lacked heavy weapons (i.e. enough machine-guns and artillery) [[/note]]. [[/folder]]

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Unlike other militaries, the ''Luftwaffe'' had its own ground troops: the ''Fallschirmjäger'', or paratrooper (normally, paratroopers. More on ''Fallschirmjäger'' can be read on their own folder. Normally, paratroopers are part of the army and not the air force). Germany employed the first large scale airborne operations during their invasion of Norway. However, a massive loss at Crete convinced Hitler that airborne operations would no longer be feasible. Ironically, the Allies were so impressed by the Fallshirmjäger's performance at Crete that they started building up their own airborne divisions (which would play a critical role at Normandy). For the rest of the war, they were pretty much used alongside regular infantry forces. Luckily, they did get a pretty nice CrowningMomentOfAwesome in 1943: the rescue of Mussolini without the loss of a single life. The guys were so elite, they had their own [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallschirmj%C3%A4ger_(World_War_II)#The_Parachutist.27s_.22Ten_Commandments.22 Ten Commandments]] for combat.

force. But The ''Luftwaffe'' had more troops than just the elite ''Fallschirmjäger''. Goering had the "bright idea" to bolster Eastern Front strength by building field divisions from ground, support and other auxiliary personnel. In total, the ''Luftwaffe'' Field Divisions bolstered strength by some 200,000 to 250,000 troops. Sadly, these guys were pretty much just one step up from the ''Volkssturm'', the difference being these were men who were in their prime to actually serve as soldiers. They performed horribly in combat and were eventually reduced to rear duties. However, their greatest contribution to the war-effort was undoubtedly to leave the undermanned ''Heer'' short of 250,000 men and instead put them into completely 'green' units wherein no soldier had ever seen combat before. This meant that both ''Heer'' and ''Luftwaffe'' combat-units took greater and inflicted less losses against Soviet units since the ''Heer'' units were critically under-manned and the ''Luftwaffe'' units were full of panicky civilians[[note]] As early as July 1941 it was noted that experienced units at only ''half-strength'' were still capable of performing tasks that 'green' units at ''full-strength'' could not. This proved to be doubly true for the ''Luftwaffe'' field divisions, as they also lacked heavy weapons (i.e. enough machine-guns and artillery) [[/note]]. [[/folder]]
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--> ''Rot scheint die Sonne, fertig gemacht. Wer weiß ob sie morgen für uns auch noch lacht''
-->--'''Fallschirmjägerlied''', the song of the German paratroopers

* Leader: Kurt Student

Fallschirmjäger is the German word for paratroopers (Fallschirm = parachute, literally "fall screen", jäger = light infantryman, literally "hunter"). They played an important role during World War II, when, together with the Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops) they were perceived as the elite infantry units of the German military. After World War II, they were reconstituted as parts of postwar armed forces of both West and East Germany, mainly as special operations troops. German Fallschirmjäger in World War II were the first paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations. They came to be known as the "Green Devils" (''Grüne Teufel'') by the Allied forces they fought against, as well as for their uniquely distinct morale.

In the early 1930s Hermann Göring, after having observed Soviet airborne infantry maneuvers, became committed to the creation of Germany's airborne infantry. He ordered the formation of a specialist police unit in 1933, devoted to protecting Nazi party officials. The unit carried out conventional police duties for the next two years, but in 1935, Göring transformed it into Germany's first dedicated airborne regiment. The unit was incorporated into the newly formed Luftwaffe later that year and training commenced. Göring also ordered that a group of volunteers be drawn for parachute training. These volunteers would form a cadre for a future Fallschirmtruppe ("parachute troops"). In January 1936, 600 men and officers formed a Jäger and an engineer company. Germany's parachute arm was officially inaugurated in 1936 with a call for recruits for a parachute training school. The school was open to Luftwaffe personnel, who were required to successfully complete six jumps in order to receive the Luftwaffe parachutist's badge.

The training of the ''Fallschirmjäger'' was intense and hard, and was stressed on survival and swift light infantry operations. The formal discipline of the troop was far more relaxed than in other German formations, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie. The training contained also thorough jump training. Unlike Allied paratroopers, each Fallschirmjäger packed his own parachute. While the Fallschirmjäger usually were assigned the best weapons available and special uniforms, their Achilles heel was their parachute gear itself: the RZ parachute rig (Rückfallschirm, Zwangablösung or Backpack Parachute, Static Line Deployment) was inferior compared to Allied rigs. It had only one riser, so steering the parachute during the descent was impossible and the jumper literally hung on the riser like a spider on web and landed on his knees. The landings were hard compared to Allied parachutes, and taking the rig off was impossible in prone position and could be done only whilst standing. It was slow to take off, and landing on water resulted almost always in drowning. The only weapon they carried on the jump was a pistol and a knife: all long weapons were dropped on separate canisters. The usual jump plane was Junkers Ju 52, and jump altitude being 80 to 100 metres (240 to 300 ft).

Germany employed the first large scale airborne operations during their invasion of Norway. However, a massive loss at Crete convinced Hitler that airborne operations would no longer be feasible. Of almost 20,000 ''Fallschirmjäger'' which were deployed, some 5,000 were lost as killed in action and 6,000 as wounded or injured. Hitler considered the Cretan victory as a Pyrrhic victory and forbade further parachute operations, to much dismay of Göring and Kurt Student. Ironically, the Allies were so impressed by the Fallshirmjäger's performance at Crete that they started building up their own airborne divisions (which would play a critical role at Normandy). For the rest of the war, they were pretty much used alongside regular infantry forces. Luckily, they did get a pretty nice CrowningMomentOfAwesome in 1943: the rescue of Mussolini without the loss of a single life. The guys were so elite, they had their own [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallschirmj%C3%A4ger_(World_War_II)#The_Parachutist.27s_.22Ten_Commandments.22 Ten Commandments]] for combat.

The Fallschirmjäger fought as elite units on foot from 1941 onwards, and carried out only small-scale jumps. Their finest hour was the defence of Monte Cassino 1943 in Italy where they fought so tenaciously they earned the nickname ''Green Devils'' by the Allies. They were along the Waffen-SS units the nemesis of the Western allies in France 1944. Their last battle was the defence of Ardennes during the Battle of Bulge 1944-1945, where they also made their last combat jump.

Max Schmeling, the world champion of heavyweight boxing, served in WWII as a Fallschirmjäger and jumped at Crete 1941, being one of the survivors. He was a well known member of post-WWII German boxing and skydiving communities.
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