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My impression of the German military is that if a soldier joins believing in Hitler and his idea he clearly is Nazi supporter but once in the military any attempt to politicize is not successful so he stays the way he is (Nazi supporter) until he becomes disillusioned. Some generals supported Hitler (Alfred Jodl) but most Generals didn't really believe in Hitler but merely went along especially after the spectacular success early in the War.
Hitler didn't inderstand the Navy because he wasn't a Navy man himself so the Kriegsmarine happened to have had little bit more of a free hand.
The luftwaffe despite having a Hitler butt kisser in Goering seems to have been just as apolitical as the Heer.
Not even the Waffen SS seems to have been that politicized. Only the security force part(concentration camps, police,etc...) have been politicized and indoctrinated in Nazi ideology.
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in fact, many were very disgusted by hitler and his sd thugs. so much so that they were planning a junta style takeover as early as the late 1930's.
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It was both apolitical and political in the way that it was a militaristic society as it were
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The German army, till the end of WW2, had always been involved with politics, and historystudent is right, a plot was being formed to overthrow Hitler in 1938 to prevent the crisis with the Czechs from erupting into war. However nothing came of this.
It's not fair to say the Wehrmacht was a Nazi army though, rather that many of its ranks were filled with the party faithful and supporters. However a large section of the Wehrmacht would have also been motivated by the thought of fighting for the Fatherland.
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i am reading "plotting the death of hitler" and it appears that the wehrmact indeed had an historic place in politics