History UsefulNotes / WeAreNotTheWehrmacht

1st Aug '16 5:31:49 PM TheKaizerreich
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** In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert 1]]'', the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces was a general of the alternative WWII Wehrmacht, since in the ''Red Alert'' [[TheVerse Verse]], the Soviets, and not the Germans, were the bad guys.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert 1]]'', the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces was a general of the alternative WWII Wehrmacht, Wehrmacht [[note]]the historically correct term would be ''Reichswehr'' of the German Empire and Weimar Republic due to the Third Reich never being founded and hence the army never being renamed[[/note]], since in the ''Red Alert'' [[TheVerse Verse]], the Soviets, and not the Germans, were the bad guys.
1st Aug '16 5:26:01 PM TheKaizerreich
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Bundeswehr basic training is focussed on living and fighting as a ''kleine Kampfgemeinschaft'' (small fighting community), usually squad sized, with the intention of forming strong bonds among the troops. Recruit squads are put under the care of a low-ranking [=NCO=] or officer candidate, taking the role of a reasonable older brother put in charge of his unruly siblings. The part of the stern parents is usually taken by the platoon leaders and the senior company NCO.

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Bundeswehr basic training is focussed on living and fighting as a ''kleine Kampfgemeinschaft'' (small fighting community), usually squad sized, with the intention of forming strong bonds among the troops. Recruit squads are put under the care of a low-ranking [=NCO=] or officer candidate, taking the role of a reasonable older brother (or sister) put in charge of his their unruly siblings. The part of the stern parents is usually taken by the platoon leaders and the senior company NCO.
29th Jul '16 11:55:00 PM JohnRamos88
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After securing the Baltic and North Sea isn't a top priority anymore, its mission has shifted to peacekeeping, with a touch of littoral warfare. There is no such thing as naval infantry; for the same reason as the Luftwaffe has no strategic bombers.

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After securing the Baltic and North Sea isn't a top priority anymore, its mission has shifted to peacekeeping, with a touch of littoral warfare. There is no such thing as naval infantry; infantry (only a sea service battalion including special forces, raised 2014); for the same reason as the Luftwaffe has no strategic bombers.
14th Jul '16 12:13:21 AM wusch
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29th Jun '16 10:35:41 AM wusch
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The Bundeswehr is not especially popular with the German public. While other Forces around the globe might be the pride of their countries, the armed forces of Germany are rather seen as a necessary evil by most and as an unnecessary evil by quite a few.

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The Bundeswehr is not especially popular with the German public. While other Forces around the globe might be the pride of their countries, the armed forces of Germany are rather seen as a necessary evil by most and as an unnecessary evil by quite a few.
few. In Germany and its Medias, they (excluding fallen or traumatized soldiers) are usually portrayed as the ButtMonkey and usually portrayed as stupid and badly equipped. The Bundeswehr complains regulary about "the lack of support at home" for the soldiers in Afgahnistan and other places. This basicly means, that people, as mentioned above, pretty much disrespect the Bundeswehr.
30th May '16 5:33:48 PM MAI742
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'''We are not ''THAT' Heer - the Heer'''

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'''We are not ''THAT' ''THAT'' Heer - the Heer'''
30th May '16 5:33:15 PM MAI742
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'''We are not Manstein - the Heer'''

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'''We are not Manstein ''THAT' Heer - the Heer'''



'''We are not Göring - the Luftwaffe'''

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'''We are not Göring ''THAT'' Luftwaffe - the Luftwaffe'''



'''We are not Dönitz - the Marine'''

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'''We are not Dönitz the Kriegsmarine - the Marine'''
25th May '16 7:11:44 PM SmoCro
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** It is also know as 7/4 ("Seven warning shots and four well-aimed throws.") for its 7-round magazine and its four components and ...sub-par accuracy.
23rd Mar '16 6:23:54 AM Jhonny
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During the early years of the Bundeswehr (Adenauer was still chancellor), perhaps the biggest political scandal in post-war German history broke when an article in DER SPIEGEL under the (now oft alluded to) title "bedingt abwehrbereit"[[note]](only) conditionally ready to defend[[/note]] suggested that there were major problems with the Bundeswehr should war ever happen. Then minister of defense Franz Josef Strauß, a conservative of Bavaria and something of a larger than life figure accused the writer of the article of publishing classified documents and military secrets and a police raid was ordered and Rudolf Augstein (editor in chief of DER SPIEGEL) went to jail. While Adenauer initially protected Strauß from the ensuing public outcry and Strauß even spoke about an "abyss of treason" [[note]]Ein Abgrund an Landesverrat[[/note]], ultimately Adenauer had to backpedal, Strauß had to resign - naturally, [[RunningGag he was secretary of defense after all]] - and Augstein was released from prison. Strauß' political career seemed to be essentially dead by that point, but he eventually got back into the good graces of at least some Germans by his tenure as minister of the economy 1966-69 and eventually ran for chancellor (and lost in one of the nastiest political campaigns in post war German history) in 1980.
23rd Mar '16 6:13:07 AM Jhonny
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For some reason they still have an honest to god ''Sail ship'' in their arsenal (the Gorch Fock) which serves training purposes nobody is exactly sure about. This got widespread attention during one of the more abstruse scandals involving - naturally - the resignation of the Defense Minister (over something else, but this was a contributing factor)
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