army of the reich

March 1945. Just two months before the end. Goebbels congratulates a young recruit. The others are smiling. These folks were amazing. 

Reichswehr, Army of the Reich

The Reichswehr was a unified organization composed of the following (as was allowed by the Versailles Treaty):

  • The Reichsheer, an army consisting of two group commands,
    • seven infantry divisions, and
    • three cavalry divisions.

The Reichsmarine, a navy with a limited number of certain types of ships and boats. No submarines were allowed.

Heinrich Himmler Views Ancient Germanic Rune Markings in a Palatinate Quarry (1935).

Čilská armáda, dátum neznámy, pravdepodobne však niekedy počas éry Národného socializmu (1933-45). Národným socialistom v Čile sa podarilo preniknúť do odborov a to aj v skupinách strednej a vyššej triedy v krajine. Začiatkom roku 1935 mali viac ako 20 000 aktivistov po celej krajine a významné zastúpenie v univerzitných federáciách študentov.

The Chilean army, year unknown, but probably sometime during the era of National Socialism (1933-45). National socialists in Chile managed to penetrate into unions, also in groups of middle and upper class in the country. In early 1935, they had more than 20,000 activists throughout the country and has a significant presence in university student federations.

Lieutenant Colonel & Baron Takeichi Nishi (second on the left), along with an unidentified Japanese Army officer, photographed with officers and soldiers of the Third Battalion, Großdeutschland Infantry Regiment, Germany, 1940.

Nishi was a famous horseman and won a gold medal in an equestrian show jumping event in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, on his steed Uranus.

He perished on Iwo Jima, where he commanded the 26th Tank Regiment, under the Ogasawara Corps of the Imperial Japanese Army 109th Division. He fell in battle sometime on March 21st or 22nd, 1945, fighting to the death rather than surrendering.

Zo slovenského národno-socialistického časopisu “Náš boj”, ktorý vychádzal počas prvej Slovenskej republiky: „Náš národ verne s Nemcami za krajšiu Európu.“ / From the Slovak National Socialist magazine “Our struggle”, which was issued during the first Slovak Republic: „Our nation faithfully with the Germans for a nicer Europe.“

- „Nemci vítaní ako osloboditelia / Germans welcomed as liberators.“
- „Pred žatvou na nepriateľa / Before harvest at the enemy.“
- „Odpor je zlomený / The resistance is broken.“
- „Stráž na juhu / Guard on the south.“

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☭ 73 Years ago The Great Patriotic War ended

The ceaseless struggle and sacrifice of countless Soviet soldiers, partisans, and citizens struck down the fascist barbarians, halting the tide of German fascism and crushing it into its death. Despite suffering some grievous losses during the first year of the war, the alliance of workers and peasants and the leadership of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolshevik) headed by Comrade Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin carried forward the revolutionary will and proletarian might of the Soviet masses, persevering against all odds and unfavourable conditions.

Just as the United States entered the war in December 1941, the Soviets had repealed the Fascists and their allies from the gates of Moscow, inflicting more than half a million casualties and tremendous losses of materiel, from tanks to motor vehicles, crippling the Wehrmacht and inflicting its first major defeat during the war.

Despite blunders some heavy blunders in the summer of 1942 the Red Army managed to stop the Wehrmacht once again in Stalingrad, as Hitler’s armies stretched themselves to their limits the Soviet Union once again proved its ability to mobilize its population and make up for the losses it sustained. Learning from its blunders the Red Army encircled and destroyed 5 Axis armies totalling more than 600.000 men.

After the victory in Stalingrad more than 4.5 million red army soldiers over a 1000-mile front pushed back the German invaders before being halted by German counter-offensives, as a product of these the Kursk salient was formed, and it was there that the fate of the fascists invaders would be sealed.

Just as 160.000 American and British soldiers invaded Sicily in 1943 and defeated 60.000 Germans, 2.5 million Red Army soldiers faced over 1 million Germans at the battle of Kursk. Marking the first time the Wehrmacht would be stopped before reaching any strategic depth, and also marking the prelude of a massive counter-offensive by the red army that would lead to the liberation of much of Ukraine and put the Red Army at the gates of Romania.

In June 1944 just as the western allies landed one million men in the coast of France and defeated half a million German Soldiers, the Red Army mobilizing 5.5 million men destroyed 3 German army groups, totaling more than 1.5 million men, inflicting nearly one million casualties to the Fascists in the span of two months. As the Red Army moved towards the liberation of Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria.

Thanks to the overwhelming victories in 1944 the Red Army pushed towards Berlin, signalling the end of the Third Reich, and the triumph of Marxism-Leninism over fascism. Although victory was achieved at a heavy toll, it is thanks to the sacrifice of countless Soviet citizens that Fascism was stopped in its tracks.