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Italeri 6398 German Rest Camp

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Product code: ita6398
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ManufacturerItaleri
Product codeita6398
Scale1:32
Added to catalog on:30.10.2004
Tags:German-World-War-II-Feldgendarme German-World-War-II-Officers German-World-War-II-Infantry

Despite their defeat in World War I, the German officer corps in the interwar period still saw the main means of victory in a future war in an offensive operation. Thus, he drew a different experience from the Great War than his French counterpart. Based on the experience of 1914-1918, including the infiltration tactics used by the Stosstruppen troops, but also noticing the intense development of aviation and armored weapons, part of the German officer corps (e.g. Gen. Heinz Guderian) developed theoretical assumptions of the so-called lightning war (German: Blitzkrieg), that is, striving to knock down the enemy with one decisive offensive operation carried out in the shortest possible time and with the maximum intensity of forces and resources. The German officer corps was also trained according to this offensive doctrine of war in the 1930s and during the world war. It is also worth adding that German officers of almost all levels in the course of World War II used the principle of the so-called command by task (Ger. Auftragstaktik), that is, they outlined to their subordinates the task to be achieved and the forces at their disposal, while the execution of the task was entirely up to them. Such a model of command, based on very well and uniformly trained officers, led to the fact that the German army was highly flexible in action and was able to react faster to various levels than its opponents (e.g. the French army during the campaign of 1940 or Soviet army of 1941). This system proved successful (especially at lower levels) throughout World War II. It is also worth adding that many outstanding commanders served in the German officer corps from the Second World War, including: Erich von Manstein, Heinz Guderian, Erwin Rommel and Walter Model.

Feldgendarmerie is a German military police, the genesis of which dates back to the Napoleonic wars. This formation was primarily responsible for keeping order in the ranks of its own army, prosecuting common crimes or offenses against discipline and regulations. Feldgendarmerie existed in the German army already during World War I, when it grew from 33 companies in 1914, to as many as 115 companies at the end of the war. After 1918, the formation was disbanded. However, shortly after Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime took power in 1933, the Feldgendarmerie was restored in the German armed forces. Special schools of this formation were also established in Berlin and Potsdam, and the selection of candidates for formation was very strict and rigorous. During World War II, the Feldgendarmerie not only performed order functions in the German armed forces, but was responsible for maintaining German control over the occupied territories in Europe. It also participated in anti-sabotage and anti-partisan actions. It should also not be forgotten that the members of this formation also took part in crimes against humanity and participated in the crime of the Holocaust.

The decisive influence on the shaping of the organization and tactics of the German infantry before the outbreak of World War II was, on the one hand, the experience of the previous World War, but also theoretical works created in the 1920s and 1930s, which often emphasized the need to perceive the German infantry as a tool waging an offensive war. This affected both the equipment and the organization of the German infantry division, which during the September campaign of 1939 consisted of 3 infantry regiments, each of which was divided into 3 infantry battalions, an artillery company and an anti-tank company. In addition, there were numerous support units, including: an artillery regiment with 4 artillery squadrons (including one heavy), an anti-tank battalion, a sapper battalion and a communications battalion. In total, the so-called infantry division In the first mobilization wave, there were approximately 17,700 people and had a significant artillery component, but also was abundantly equipped with machine guns. It also had modern and efficient - for those times - means of communication and command. In the course of the war, infantry divisions underwent transformation - in 1943 some of them were transformed into armored grenadier divisions. However, from 1943, the standard division of the "traditional" infantry consisted of approx. 12,500 men (and not approx. 17,700 as in 1939), and its artillery component - especially heavy artillery - was also reduced in it, while its anti-tank defense was significantly improved. It is assumed that during the entire Second World War, about 350 infantry divisions served in the Wehrmacht.

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