Hitler’s army thundered through Europe from 1939 to 1945 and brought needless death and destruction to the continent. What was it like to serve in this army? What was it like to conduct one of the bloodiest wars in history? What was it like to occupy half of Europe and yet to suffer total defeat?
This five-part portrait provides long-awaited answers to questions such as these and sheds light on the Wehrmacht’s complex bonds of loyalty, conscience and honour. It is a thought-provoking story of an army’s evolution from defense troops to military force to exterminating power.
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Let’s just say that there is nothing special about this whole thing!!
1. Mao Zedong killed from anywhere 50 to over 70 million people in a peacetime and that is more than those who died during the european theatre of war!!
2. Japan during ww2 and they were also absolutely brutal and in fact, even though at its height they controlled 5 times more territory, they made no friends with those they occupied. It is estimated that 25 million people died in the pacific theatre of war committed by japan and also the Nanking massacre done by japan!!
They showed more refined forms of cruelty to those thrown at their mercy. And in one of japan’s prestigious universities today, bestial human experiments were done just like the joseph mengele story!!!
The story was exactly the same, sacrifice as the highest virtue lol….and done in the name of japan, committed in its name in duty, service so nothing unique about it at all!!!! Geez!!!!
And europe has a long history of jew hatred because of christianity so there is nothing german about it!!! And stupid jews always get on other’s nerves everywhere they go lol….It is said that in japan and korea, there is a rising jew hatred even though no community lived there lol…..Cheers!!!!
you got poo on you there
On the contrary, I am a white man, and I’m not afraid of black penises. In fact, I love black… no wait ! Damn You Charles Nixon and Your Reverse Psychology !
Fucking retarded lol….Geez, can not they find someone better to put the introducing descriptions??? Someone more clever and to the point??? Lol…….please, find someone like that!!!! And by the way, you love black what???? Yewwwww!!!!
“Man’s inhumanity to man” , a theme in human existance. My thoughts wonder to th slave cabins of America. How the white men fathered moulatto chirdlen( with Black women) and later sold these children for profit. These same white men are the first to hang a black man for ( what they say was rape) when white women decided to have a black man in her bed.
The fear of the black man’s penis is a white man thing. Its all in tthe white Man’s mind. It was fact in 1919 and is true today and will be true in 2019,. Remember Wilmington, North Carolina 1898, Alex Manly and Rebecca Felton.
Example of how crazy ppl can be and give up their humanity.
There is an element of the beast in us all, and these men showed it.
What’s scary is similar shit is still going on in the world.
Too disgusting…too brutal and inhuman, what the Germans did to those inocent jewish people as well as most of those they destroyed… What kind of monster was Hitler?…What kind of foolish monsters supported him?…German!!!…
That is the norm throughout human history, you stupid jew!!!! Do not need your stupid moralizing and world mission, you dirty twat!!! Just fucking obey your damn god and leave us alone, you twit!!!! Do not forget that most of those who handed the jews over to the germans were not germans but collaborators from the occupied countries!!! You fucking idiot!!! Fuck you, you stupid jew!!!!
Open your fake eyes, honey!!! Too brutal and inhuman?? Lol, that is completely acceptable and the norm, you know!!!! You fucking moron, there is nothing german about that!!!! Total idiot!!!!
The Germans of the 10s – 40s were (almost) the last in a long line of imperialists. War was once a noble pastime, raping and pillaging par for the course. When sacking a town or city it was usual to kill everyone inside. The Mongols for example sacked many a city on their rampage through europe. Anyone heard of the crusades? Church sanctioned atrocities. Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, all mass murderers. When the British invaded Australia they attempted to exterminate the indiginous peoples, oops, can’t mention that. Esitmates of up to 4 million Aboriginies wiped out through disese, neglect, and murder. Hitler was nothing new and will not be the last.
Do not forget that Pol Pot, Stalin and Mao were all Marxists and they killed more of their own people than were ever killed!!! Nazism is just a variation of marxism!! Nazism is a short for national socialism so it is just a form of socialism with racism and expansionism and imperialism lol….Yet it is the british that are bad for the few millions that died through disease?? Lol……we always travelled and diseases were brought in and out, do not forget the Black death that rampaged europe that were brought by rats on ships from the mongol invasions!!!
Marxism which includes nazism brought human suffering to unprecedented level, you stupid twit so do not blame the british for that!!!
And Karl Marx was a filthy stupid jew!!!! Jews should just rot and go to hell, fucking whoring dirty cunts!!!
The british did far more good than bad lol……Most of them were wiped out by disease and who can help them??? You could have been born back in time and fucking cared for them lol……You should not mention something you do not know fully about!! Little knowledge is a dangerous thing lol…..
What do you mean can not mention that??? Is not that a common bashing?? Lol…..Most were wiped out by disease lol……nothing new to that!!! Your last sentence shows the most intelligence in your dumb rant lol…..
I give you the Eurofags.
ha thats what you want me to think
Very interesting. What a great nation. Thanks for the doc!
I can hardly watch this doc and listen to these former Wehrmacht sons of bitches who allowed themselves to be manipulated and unleash such death and misery across Europe. The families they destroyed, the children they bayoneted the Jews they shot in the head with no more regard than if they were swatting a fly. Don’t allow yourselves to be fooled nor forget that these regular looking elderly men marched across Europe under the influence of methamphetamine, locked people inside churches and synagogues and set the buildings on fire while they laughed outside and went looking for some more Devil’s work to do. Don’t forget that almost an entire generation of American and Allied men (mostly kids) had to leave their jobs and families, sail across the Atlantic while the Wolf Packs waited to send them to an icy, watery grave and put their lives on the line to stop these assholes otherwise we’d be speaking German right now. Don’t be fooled and don’t forget what they would have done to us had they won.
And many people around the world can’t listen to American sons of bitches who are killing around the world in the name of democracy and it mostly happens that democracy is needed in countries full of oil. You people are totally brain washed just like Germans were and you think that it’s alright to bomb some country to bring democracy. It’s laughable and pathetic. Nazis lied to their people using brain washing propaganda. USA use it too nowadays:”Hey, they are developing weapons for mass destruction, let’s bomb them” but in reality there were no any weapons for mass destruction. UN have NEVER find anything in Iraq. USA kept their citizens in fear that some peasant from Iraq can launch nuclear bomb to USA and it’s unbelievable how can someone be so fucking retarded to believe in that. As the time passes, USA will have the same amount of blood on their hands just like Nazis had. The whole point is that USA government always used very strong propaganda to keep their citizens in fear and to justify their actions with that, starting with Russians/communism. That propaganda of fear lasts for decades, communists, China, Cuba, terrorists, weapons of mass destruction and so on. USA is spreading a lot of hate around the planet and just keep making enemies. That won’t end up well, it never ends up well, live by the sword, die by the sword. USA should find another way of doing economics instead of making wars to feed their war machine.
Yes, while some things that you say are correct, you should consider the comments below and be mindful of being to self-righteous next time. The US, as it commonly accepted nowadays, as also committed some crimes of its own against humanity. I remember seeing a video someone sent to me of American troops shooting Iraqi civilians for fun. We are all capable of such evil, even you.
Very true. Well written. People tend to forget these cold hard facts.
Well I wouldn’t be so quick to judge, it’s well known to any with introductory knowledge in psychology or sociology that humans in generally can be manipulated into doing things like these, and even feel righteous while doing it. Who knows, maybe the US might one day be guilty of invading other peoples homes and torturing or committing atrocities of their own all the while thinking they are in the right… LOL jks, already happened.
Besides, ideology aside (and you really should make a distinction between wehrmercht and SS) you can not deny these were some of the most badass soldiers in human history, they took on the world, and almost won.
a great book on this subject is titled “Hitler’s Willing Executioners.” it focuses on the death marches at the end of the war (when there was essentially no Nazi administration left), the orden police (mostly men unfit for combat who did the extermination of jews) and the so called work camps (which were really death camps). the point of the book is that there were few innocents in nazi germany, pretty much everybody was on board with the agenda.
Don’t forget that according to the Stanford prison experiment and the Milgram experiment this was only to be expected, and majority of people, probably even you, are capable of doing very bad things given the right circumstances. Your self-righteous outrage only reveals your ignorance.
The way these guys where manipulated is in essence not really that much different to how we are made to view “terrorists” albeit the jews were more benign than the Terrorists, but how where they to know that when they were raised to believe they were threatening the future of Germany.
Calm down. They were just doing as they were told. You’d have done the same thing.
the really messed up thing is that the treaty of versailles at the end of ww1 put germany in economoic and military shackles. thats the situation and circumstance that allowed Hitler to rise to power and do what he and the rest of the 3rd reich did. In a roundabout way, we brought ww2 upon ourselves with that treaty. I’m not talking about the holocaust…that was seperate and a lot of europeans didn’t even KNOW about the death camps until aftewards. The holocaust was the most evil aspect of the 3rd reich in my opinion and should be studied as the seperate entity that it was.