Reichswehr

Die Reichswehr während der Weimarer Republik

Reichswehr

In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles laid down the size of the German army and severely restricted its military equipment. Politically and socially it was largely autonomous. The German armed forces saw themselves as politically neutral. At least the officers' corps does not share this self-image, national conservative and anti-democratic ideas dominate the ranks of officers. In the Weimar years, the Reichswehr resembled more and more a "state within a state" that was difficult to control - more and more powerful, more and more difficult to control. From a military point of view, at no time between 1921 and 1935 is the Reichswehr strong enough to effectively defend Germany's borders in a conventional war. Nevertheless, the training of soldiers and officers is always solid and modern. Here the basis for the later armament under Hitler is laid.