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Old July 10th, 2015, 04:16 AM   #11
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In the last free election before the war the Nazis polled only30 percent of the votes. Following that a conscript army is going to reflect the society it serves I don't think there is any reason to suppose that any greater percentage of troops serving were commited Nazis.
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Old July 10th, 2015, 04:41 AM   #12

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Originally Posted by Lawnmowerman View Post
No way of telling.

After 45 everyone was "I was only in the party because they made me."

Hell even the last pope was a member of the Hitler Youth.
Ah, this is a very good starting point ... the male side of my German family served under the Kaiser in WW I, they served in the Wermacht, technically they served under Hitler [he was already the supreme leader of Germany], but they were no more there in 1939.

But probably the most meaningful comparison comes from Italy: in the period of Fascism Italy had a Royal Army as well and Italians served under Fascism. Thinking that after the Kingdom changed side, a part of the Royal Army remained loyal to the Duce, becoming his personal Army in the "Republic of Salò" I tend to suppose that in military environments a dictator gets a certain "sympathy" [soldiers are used to be leaded, to receive orders, to follow directives without wondering ...].

Not to remind that usually extreme right coups are conducted with the aid of or even directly by the Army.

Sadly for who hopes otherwise, from a historical perspective I have to say that not a little part of the Wermacht followed Hitler with persuasion and feeling that the "Führer" was a kind of living hope for Germany.

Regarding this I've got an other family recall.

My great-grandmother told me about when, already in Italy, she listened to a German radio, following Hitler's speeches. She told me she was fascinated by that man and that she fell proud to be German [I'm not sure about the year, but I guess around 1936-1937].
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Old July 10th, 2015, 05:43 AM   #13

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Originally Posted by Metalman92 View Post
Wasn't the final solution the job of Totenkopfverbande and einzatsgruppen?
The einsatzgruppen were often assisted by units of the regular German Army.



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