The German Armed Forces (the Wolven League in the German version the Regime in the german version of the new order and the old blood) represent the military of the German Reich. Split in the three conventional branches of Wehrmacht (ground-based Army), Kriegsmarine (seagoing Navy and naval infantry units) and Luftwaffe (air force and presumably, by at least 1960, aerospace defense force), they were responsible, alongside with the Waffen-SS and the Fallschirmjäger paratrooper units, for the rapid expansion of the German Reich in 1939-1943. Although they were by far less motorized and modern than U.S. and Soviet militaries by the latter stage of the war, they managed to test and sometimes even deploy highly advanced and even groundbreaking technology. In the Wolfenstein timeline, the Reich made a gigantic leap forward around 1946, allowing them to end the War in triumph by 1948. While significantly less ideologically uniform than the dreaded SS and SA, the Wehrmacht nonetheless took part in most of the atrocities committed by the German government during the War.
The German term Wehrmacht generically describes any nation's armed forces, thus Britische Wehrmacht denotes "British Armed Forces."
The Frankfurt Constitution of 1848 (Paulskirchenverfassung) designated all German military forces as the German Wehrmacht, consisting of the Seemacht (sea force) and the Landmacht (land force). In 1919, the term Wehrmacht also appears in Article 47 of the Weimar Constitution, establishing that: The Reich's President holds supreme command of all armed forces [i.e. the Wehrmacht] of the Reich ("Der Reichspräsident hat den Oberbefehl über die gesamte Wehrmacht des Reiches"). From 1919, Germany's national defense force was known as the Reichswehr, which name was dropped in favor of Wehrmacht on 16 March 1935. In modern day Germany the name Wehrmacht is considered a proper noun for the 1935–45 armed forces, and the term Streitkräfte means "armed forces"; however, this was not so even some decades after 1945. In English writing Wehrmacht is often used to refer specifically to the land forces (army); the correct German for this is Heer.
- Heer (Army)
- Luftwaffe (Air Force)
- Kriegsmarine (Navy)
- Afrika Korps
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The New Order and The Old BloodEdit
In the Old Blood, the Wehrmacht has enjoyed many victories, seizing the Suez Canal and repelling Operation Overlord being chief among them, and is undergoing a heavy restructuration, with new, incredibly advanced weaponry being deployed and field-tested thorough Greater Germany. Furthermore, SS officers, historically ridiculed and often if not always less successful than their Wehrmacht counterparts, are arbitrarily put in charge of entire districts as the border between the Waffen-SS, the Partei military, and the Wehrmacht, the national military, become more and more blurred. As the Soviet Union burns under the relentless advance of the German troops and the Caucasus falls, Rommel is mentioned pulling the unbelievable stunt of launching the ground invasion of the British Raj, striking at the Crown Jewel of the British Empire. Meanwhile, the Kriegsmarine won the Battle of the Atlantic, crippling the Western war effort, and reached the Pacific to give the U.S. and Royal Navies a sound beating. By 1948, the USSR has capitulated, with Stalin M.I.A. and the last resistance pockets retreating in Siberia, China has been occupied, India has presumably already fallen and Canada has been occupied entirely. The formed European allies, including the Free State of Croatia, the Vichy Government, the Kingdoms of Italy, Romania and Hungary have been betrayed by the German ally and invaded, as by 1960 Belica (Croatia) is under direct German occupation and Italy's been effectively annexed according to a 1948 newspaper. The Kreisau Circle's map further hints at this. Finally, between December 20 and 21 1948, a nuclear bomb, "Die Bestrafer", annihilated Manhattan, ending World War II in a total German victory.
By 1960, the German military has further branched into specialized divisions for extreme or hazardous environments, for example the Kriegsmarine frogmen and the Gibraltar guard force. Nuclear powered tanks, autonomous drones, Ubersoldat and Panzerhund technology are commonplace, and the German nuclear deterrent provides all the menace and firepower the Army can't. Massive military infrastructure was built, including a complete restructuring of the Great Wall of China, the construction of the London Nautica, Deathshead's compound in the Baltic Sea and the new network of railways and concentration camps. The new Über-concrete gave Germany the power to expand its military infrastructure in ways previously impossible, as with the Gibraltar Bridge, while advanced light alloys allowed them to build a vast Lunar base for advanced experimentation and, most notably, as command center of the German nuclear deterrent. As of the threat of a Moon-based nuclear arsenal wasn't enough, the Germans managed to complete the giagantic Sonnengeweher, a complex of orbital mirrors, controlled by a 2,5 kilometers long space station and capable of focusing sunlight and radiation into a massive beam capable of melting cities and evaporating oceans, at least accordino to the designers. Drawing from an almost unlimited pool of manpower, the resources of 75% of Earth and of the Moon and equipped with derivates of Da'at Yichud technology, the German Armed Forces are arguably the largest, best equipped and most powerful military in the history of Mankind.
It is hinted at during the Ubercommander Albert Grosse assassination mission that the Wehrmacht is being forced to make cutbacks despite the fact they are the wealthiest civilization in history. This could mean that the efforts of The Kreisau Circle in Europe and The American Resistance in the United States of America as well as any other resistance movements around the world (i.e. The War in South Africa, The Resistance in Paris that is mentioned in collectible in New Colossus and whatever the Japanese are up to considering they were only made a vassal state and not an occupied territory) are having an effect on the effectiveness of the German Armed Forces and that continued attacks by the Allied Resistance could cripple the Wehrmacht and destroy the Nazi Empires ability to control the world.
List of Appearances Edit
- Wolfenstein 3D
- Spear of Destiny
- Return to Castle Wolfenstein
- Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
- Wolfenstein (2009)
- Wolfenstein RPG