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"The only way the Army would support Der Führer's regime was if your stormtroopers were eliminated."
Johann Schmidt to Ernst Kaufmann[src]

The Wehrmacht was the unified armed forces of Germany from the Nazi Party's rise to power until the end of World War II.

History

"I hate these guys."
Dum Dum Dugan[src]

In 1934, to gain support from the German Army for his regime, Adolf Hitler ordered the assassinations of all higher officers of the Sturmabteilung. That purge later became known as the Night of the Long Knives. The Wehrmacht patrols were guarding the German-Swiss border when Dr. Abraham Erskine attempted to escape to Switzerland with his family in 1935.[1]

In April 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the Spanish city of Guernica was destroyed. At the time, it was believed the German air force, the Luftwaffe, was responsible for the destruction of the city. However, the true culprit was HYDRA, the Nazi special weapons division.[2]

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The German victory parade through Warsaw.

When World War II broke out in 1939, the Wehrmacht served as the spearhead of the German conquest of Poland. When Warsaw fell into the German hands, the German soldiers triumphantly goose-stepped through the city.[3] The same happened a year later when most of Western Europe was occupied. The German troops had a victory parade through the streets of Paris, the capital of France.[4]

In October 1943, a battle was fought between the Wehrmacht troops and the 107th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army near Azzano in Italy. A battalion of HYDRA soldiers suddenly intervened, wiping out the Germans and capturing dozens of American soldiers.[5] A few weeks later, the German air-defense opened fire on a plane that was carrying Steve Rogers from Italy to Austria.[6]

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The German soldiers surrender to Captain America.

In 1945, at the HYDRA Research Facility Number 4, a parked Volkswagen Kübelwagen had the Wehrmacht Heer license plate. Many boxes in the facility were marked with the logo of the Deutsches Afrikakorps.[7]

In May 1945, Wilhelm Keitel, the chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, signed the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany at Soviet headquarters in Berlin.[8] One year after the war, many high-ranking German officers, including Keitel and Hermann Göring, were tried for war crimes at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg. Several of them were sentenced to death by hanging.[9]

The actions of the Wehrmacht during World War II led Ultron to his decision to eradicate mankind from the world.[10]

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In 2016, the powerful Inhuman known as Hive was shown footage of the Wehrmacht along with other video clips during its study of the human history it had missed.[11]

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