Second World War

History Buff audio: HB#1: Hitler Speaks on the Anschluss

HB#1:  Hitler Speaks on the Anschluss – Listen to Hitler’s voice become almost choked with emotion and tears of joy as he announces to the world the reuniting of his homeland with the German Nation 

10 Commandments for the Warfare of the German Soldier

10 Commandments for the Warfare of the German Soldier
1. The German soldier will fight honourably for the victory of his people. He would dishonour himself by resorting to cruel deeds and unnecessary destruction.
2. The fighter must be in uniform or adorned with a visible and acceptable badge. To fight in civilian clothes without such a badge is prohibited.
3. No enemy that gives himself up shall be shot, not even the guerilla fighter or the spy. These will receive their just punishment through the courts.
4. Prisoners of war shall not be mistreated or insulted. Weapons, plans and records shall be confiscated. None of their personal belongings shall be removed.
5. Dum-dum bullets are prohibited. It is also forbidden to convert bullets into such.
6. The Red Cross is inviolable. Wounded enemy troops are to be treated in a humane manner. Medical staff and clergy are not to be impeded in their medical or pastoral duties.
7. The civilian population is inviolable. The soldier is prohibited from plundering or willfully destroying anything. Historical monuments and buildings, which serve the worship of God, the arts, the sciences or charity in particular are to be respected. Contributions in kind and services of the population can only be claimed for compensation by order of a superior officer.
8. Neutral territory cannot be included in the wartime actions through trespassing on foot or flying over it or through shooting.
9. Should a German soldier be taken prisoner, he must identify himself upon questioning by name and service rank. Under no circumstances is he to identify his affiliation with his unit or talk about the military, political or economic conditions of the German side. He must not be persuaded to do this through bribery or threats.
10. Actions taken against the existing orders concerning service is a criminal offence. Violations of the enemy against the principles outlined in 1 to 8 are to be reported. Retaliatory rebukes are only permitted by order from the higher troop leadership.

Code of Ethics for the Conduct of the (German) Troop in the Soviet Union

Code of Ethics for the Conduct of the Troop in the Soviet Union

1. Bolshevism is the mortal enemy of the national socialist German people. This destructive philosophy and its partisans are the object of Germany’s war.
2. This fight demands ruthless and forceful measures against Bolshevistic heretics, guerilla fighters, saboteurs, Jews and the complete elimination of any active or passive resistance.
3. Regarding the members of the Red Army – even the prisoners – the utmost restraint and closest attention is advisable because there is a good chance that they will use insidious methods of fighting. The Asian soldiers of the Red Army especially are impenetrable, unpredictable, devious and unfeeling.
4. Upon capturing troops, the leaders are to be separated immediately from the rest of the men.
5. The German soldier should not see the Union of Socialistic Soviet Republics as a united population. The USSR is a collection of states with a majority of Slavic, Caucasian, and Asian people united und held together by the control of the Bolshevistic government. Judaism is strongly promoted in the USSR.
6. Large portions of the population, especially the rural inhabitants who have been impoverished by Bolshevistic system, are morally opposed to bolshevism. In the non-Bolshevistic person the national identity is tied to piety. Happiness in being released from bolshevism will often find expression in religious form. Services of thanksgiving and processions are unavoidable and not to be disturbed.
7. Caution is advised in conversations with the inhabitants and in the conduct towards women. German is understood without being spoken. The enemy intelligence service will currently be active especially in the occupied region, in order to receive important news concerning important military facilities and policies. Every negligent act, pompousness and indiscretion can have serious consequences.


8. Economic assets of all types and military loot, especially groceries and fodder, fuel and clothing items are to be saved and confiscated. Squandering and wastefulness hurts the troops. Plundering will be dealt with to the harshest degree according to the military regulations.

9. Caution is to be exercised with the consumption of confiscated groceries! Water can only be consumed after boiling (typhoid, cholera). Any contact with the inhabitants can endanger health. Protecting one’s own health is the duty of the soldier.

10. Reichs credit currency notes and coins as well as German currency tokens in the amount of 1 and 2 Pfennig as well as 1, 2, 5 and 10 Reichspfennigs oder Rentenpfennig must be used. Other German money cannot be spent.