Were there any discussions about conscripting women for combat roles?

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Were there any discussions about conscripting women for combat roles?

Post by Adonnus » 23 Jun 2022 10:15

Naturally, this did not happen. But given the enormous manpower crisis in 1945, you would think that it would at least have occurred to some officials to conscript women into combat roles to fill shortages. Is there any evidence of such proposals being made?

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Re: Were there any discussions about conscripting women for combat roles?

Post by LAstry2 » 23 Jun 2022 18:26

A good question....Under whos jurisdiction would have tried to set it up? NSDAP? SS? League of German Girls?

The nearest I ever came across was female service in either the Luftwaffenhelfer or Volkstrumm

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Re: Were there any discussions about conscripting women for combat roles?

Post by LAstry2 » 23 Jun 2022 18:31

Speaking of females in Volkstrumm
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File ... rfaust.jpg

Also that Martin Bormann was a proponet of female conscription into a battalion of Women
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_German_Girls

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Re: Were there any discussions about conscripting women for combat roles?

Post by Corax » 04 Jul 2022 19:16

As I recall Bormann made a decision about women being trained for combat in the terminal months of the war. It is mentioned with references in the latter part of Himmler's Diary 1945: A Calender of Events Leading to Suicide - I'll see if I can find my copy.......

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Re: Were there any discussions about conscripting women for combat roles?

Post by Corax » 04 Jul 2022 19:35

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Re: Were there any discussions about conscripting women for combat roles?

Post by G, Y? » 29 Oct 2022 04:58

Goebbels used his plenipotentiary powers and instructed the SS to give small arms instruction to women. The SS also hung girls and boys who refused to die for Der Fuhrer. For the most part though per Nazi ideology women were to be hausfraus.

Women did serve as AA auxiliaries, telephone operators, secretaries, typists or clerks, nurses and other non combatant roles.

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