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Ted NguyenProfessor ClancyComm 255December 6 2017German Military When the German military is referenced or thought of, little of it’s modern impact or existence contributes to the conversation because of its reputation in WWII. After the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945, the modern German military was set up in 1955. It took another 35 years for the East German armed forces (The National People’s Army) and the Federal Republic of Germany to unify, known as the historic consequential unification, Armee Der Einheit; translated to the Army of Unity. This army was named the Bundeswehr. It is made up of the armed forces and a civil component, the administrative. The modern German military, the Bundeswehr is talked about very lowly, for its lack for qualifications, as well as its small budget compared to a nation like the United States. It was once known as maybe the single most powerful military on the planet but has now turned into a dying project. A nation’s army, it’s military, has always been a point of pride. It’s an element of a nation that represents its power and protective abilities. From an interpersonal communicative standpoint, Germany’s military is almost a joke among its citizen, and frankly the rest of the world too. The most prominent piece of information known about the German military was its involvement in WWII. This extremely powerful armed forces was known as the Wehrmacht, or the unified forces of Nazi Germany. It’s components were the Heer, the Kriegsmarine, and the Luftwaffe; respectively the army, navy, and airforce. The intent of creation for this army was to break free of the restraints of the Treaty of Versailles. Its duty was to retake lost territory and terrorizing neighboring countries, but to do so required a military budget that would throw the entire country into national debt. The funds were spent on military construction, combat training, and revolutionary weapons. The sheer number of soldiers alone were a number that broke every record in history. Nearly matching the United States’ military force at the end of WWII, the Wehrmacht had a skyrocketing 12 million soldiers, making up nearly half of the adult German population. The Wehrmacht created radical battle tactics that allowed it to fight off the Allied power’s forces of 42 million for so long, such as the blitzkrieg, or lightning war. A method in which troops invaded a fortified area with incredibly quick, short, and powerful attacks. The German regime was demonlike, a planetary force to be reckoned with. The German Army contributed to many of the lightning quick victories. They were remarkably immobile for their aggressiveness. Nearly 90 percent of the infantry battled on foot, and the artillery was on horseback. Much of the world’s press was drawn to the Germany Army in the early years of the war, gaining an intense amount of notoriety for its viciousness. The Air force, or Luftwaffe, was one of the most important components of the use of the blitzkrieg. The German forces used extraordinarily talented pilots that had an unprecedented amount of coordination with the Army. The amount of planes, such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 or the Junkers Ju 87, allowed the German Air Force to have guaranteed supremacy in the sky. The German Navy had nearly full control over all of the Atlantic during WWII. The German U-boats’ mercilessness towards civilian and military ships caused an extensive amount of difficulties for the Allied forces to transport their citizens, military, and weapons.After the “unconditional surrender” of the Wehrmacht in 1945, the Proclamation No.2 of the Allied Control Council abolished German military organizations, such as war veteran organizations, all the branches of the armed forces, and military schools, to prevent any lingering Nazi influences to rise again. Germany went from being one of the most powerful military forces the planet has ever seen to a pile of ashes and emptiness. For a brief period in time Germany was in shambles and lacked a proper and legitimate military. As the Cold War began and Germany started seeing a small resemblance of a military force, the nation created a split military force in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic. In the west, the Federal Defence Forces was established, and in the east was the National People’s Army. Neither army saw itself as a successor to to the Wehrmacht that brought so much suffering to the world.

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