GERMAN PRE AND POST MILITARY TRAINING

Discussions on High Command, strategy and the Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) in general.
UPENDRA GADKARY
Member
Posts: 87
Joined: 10 Dec 2002 13:58
Location: MUMBAI-INDIA

GERMAN PRE AND POST MILITARY TRAINING

Post by UPENDRA GADKARY » 18 Feb 2003 09:20

During the Nuremberg Trials a charge was levied against Hitler that he had started a "Sports Programme" since the early 1920's under the garb of which he wanted to give military training to Germans and ultimately prepare for the Second World War.

In 1933 he instituted the SA Military Sports Badge to give pre and post military training to all German's of military age and also conceal the real fact that he was preparing Germans for war by showing a sports activity.

Can anybody give his views as to how far Hitler was successfull in concealing his military training programme.

User avatar
Dennis Redler
Member
Posts: 924
Joined: 08 Jan 2003 10:32
Location: Metairie,Louisiana USA

German Pre Adn Post Military Training

Post by Dennis Redler » 19 Feb 2003 00:07

I watched a documentary about the Hitler Youth on TV last summer. In it an ex-member recollected a sports match with English boys in the 1930's.He commented on how the British team was friendly and very relaxed ,but the German team arrived on the field marching and singing. The British were amused and a bit confused. He ended his interview by saying that at 13 the German boys were already "little soldiers".

CHRISCHA
Financial supporter
Posts: 2473
Joined: 28 Jan 2003 18:21
Location: England, Kent

Post by CHRISCHA » 19 Feb 2003 00:22

To build on Dennis's reply, after the Hitler Youth, the young men would do six months RAD (labour corp) service before their conscription into the armed forces.

User avatar
Christian Ankerstjerne
Forum Staff
Posts: 13764
Joined: 10 Mar 2002 14:07
Location: Denmark

Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 19 Feb 2003 00:28

Image
Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. A driving through a brick wall at a 'Panzersportfest' near Wünsdorf. This vehicle is from the 2. Abteilung, Panzerregiment 5, 27 June 1936

There were also Machinegun 'show-offs' for very small children, and young people with an interrest in aviation were using glider aircrafts to train for the Luftwaffe.

The book 'Hitler Youth; The Hitlerjugend in War and Peace 1933-1945' by Brenda Ralph Lewis (ISBN 87-7842-109-8) also has a large section on this subject...

Christian

Return to “German Strategy & General German Military Discussion”