Court Martials

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cheezit6731
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Court Martials

Post by cheezit6731 » 02 Nov 2017 00:30

I was curious as to whether or not a military court martial in Nazi Germany was different from what they are today, and what those differences are. Any help is appreciated.

P.S. I wasn't sure where to post this thread, so military seemed the most appropriate.

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Re: Court Martials

Post by Helmut0815 » 02 Nov 2017 15:10

The main difference is that there is actually nothing like a military court martial in Germany. Courts-martial can only be established by federal law in a state of defense or for soldiers either in action abroad or at sea. However, no such law has ever been passed.
So for criminal offenses german soldiers are tried before regular civil courts. Minor offenses as indiscipline as well as soldiers complaints against superiors are handled by special courts named Truppendienstgerichte where the chief judge is a civilian judge and his two lay assessors are military persons.

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