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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 7:52 p.m. PST

"When Allied Armies burst into the interior of Germany, they are likely to encounter units rarely if ever engaged before. These will be units of the so-called Replacement Army—troops who may be thrown in with regular first-class divisions for a last-ditch defense of what Adolf Hitler has called "holy German soil."

In whatever battles may occur between the Siegfried Line in the west and the fortifications of the Oder Quadrilateral in the east, the Replacement Army and semimilitary organizations will form part of the core of resistance. These secondary troops may be encountered either as units or as replacements within regular army units. Some of them will have little more value than guerrillas and snipers. Some units may display superior combat effectiveness. Some groups, long indoctrinated in Nazi Party philosophy, may fight an underground war with fanatical zeal. To a large extent, however, the replacement troops and semimilitary formations, judged by military standards, will be inferior and will fall into three categories: the physically fit, the too young, and the too old.

Most units and men of the German Army regularly stationed in the German zone of the interior are part of the Replacement Army (Ersatzheer). This comprises the organizations responsible for the conscription of personnel, training of replacements, procurement of equipment, and administration of permanent military posts and installations within Germany…"
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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 4:58 p.m. PST

Nearly every organization in Nazi Germany had uniformed members who were police or some kind of military reserve formations. Factories had security guards, and anti-aircraft protection units. They could be employed as ground units to protect their local area as part of the Volkssturm. Many specialty schools, such as anti-tank school, would have excellent instructors with front line experience who would play havoc on enemy tanks if the war came to them. There were many others ranging from useless to excellent in combat.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2018 2:32 p.m. PST



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