*Forewarning: includes mentions of war crimes and atrocities, including sexual violence and unethical experimentation.
‘The Volkssturmgewehr (“People’s Assault Rifle”) is the name of several rifle designs developed by Nazi Germany during the last months of World War II. They share the common characteristic of being greatly simplified as an attempt to cope with severe lack of resources and industrial capacity in Germany during the final period of the war.
The weapon’s name can be translated directly either as “People’s assault rifle” or “Volkssturm rifle.” Volkssturm, the German late war militia home defense force, means “People’s Assault”; Sturmgewehr translates as “assault rifle”.’
From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkssturmgewehr
Made in three viable variants beginning with the VG1-1 in late 1944, culminating in the VG1-5, to arm civilian German militias founded for last-ditch defense of German cities towards the end of the war, these militias sometimes even composed of the elderly and children were designated Deutscher Volkssturm, also bolstering the armories of conventional Wehrmacht ground forces. Using original parts as well as spares taken from the production lines of Kar-98 bolt-action rifles, Gewehr 43 semi-automatic rifles and sometimes including parts appropriate to the MP-44 Sturmgewehr.
The MP-44 famous for being known as the first assault rifle, coming to set the standard for standard infantry rifles since. Soon after the war it would be reverse engineered by Mikhail Kalashnikov to craft the Soviet Union’s iconic AK-47 rifle, the Automat Kalashnikov line to distance itself from its Third Reich origins by including sleek wooden furnishing for a more of-the-earth traditional look, with following updates utilizing the same principles of design, beginning with the AKM rifle of the 1950s. Most alleged AK-47 rifles in circulation today actually being these updated AKM rifles improving upon the original design for added durability.
The VG1 line of firearms produced by Nazi Germany were made as part of emergency contingency plan Primitiv-Waffen-Programm, which translates to Primitive Weapons Program in English. Which was planned and put into motion during the final months of 1944 as the war approached an end with American, Canadian and English troops encroaching ever-closer into Germany from the West and Soviet Union ground forces doing the same from the East, quickly retaking territory briefly held by Nazi Germany in their advance.
VG1-1, VG1-2, and VG1-5 rifles chambered for 8mm rounds appropriately being emblematic as yet another example of Nazi Germany’s alleged fixation with over-engineering much of their equipment with an obsession for minor details best described as anal. For added functionality, diversity of end-use, even comfort for vehicle operators, while also coming to mean more moving parts that may be damaged or must otherwise be maintained for optimal use. Highly specific individual parts likely to provoke an annoyance should back-ups run out. Necessitating a replenishment of supplies including spare parts to replace, which would culminate in increased reliance on preserving the stability of industrial production and the transportation of industrial output to the chaotic front lines. The risk of delaying a desperately needed repair for equipment to be usable compounded by the likelihood of unfortunate airstrikes, destruction of infrastructure such as bridges, or potential ambushes that may surprise transport vehicles behind the expected area of operations.
Although it was a rifle designed and produced in a rush as Nazi Germany refused to surrender despite being overwhelmingly surrounded, to my understanding the weapon had more individual parts to assemble and moving bits in-operation when compared to the Soviet PPsh-41 or PPsh-43, American M3 ‘Grease Gun,’ or United Kingdom Sten Mk II submachine guns in-service with opposing military forces.
Promoters of over-engineering coming to be a detriment to German military efficiency during World War Two as a theory often promote the Tiger I and Tiger II heavy tanks as examples of this, though Panzer tanks and other models are also generally more highly-engineered with diverse and minute parts for various systems compared to Allied tanks to my knowledge. Tanks utilized by the United Kingdom and American ground forces, most famously the Sherman, easily outnumbering German tanks due to the United States untouched industrial capacities producing them on optimized assembly lines seemingly with no end in sight during the height of the war. While often lacking comparable armor and firepower to some German tanks in the rare circumstance that they would face one single-handedly, Sherman Firefly variant aside, Allied tanks generally came to out maneuver and ultimately defeat German tanks facilitated by their numbers and if I’m not mistaken, a faster velocity to cover ground. Even the Soviet highly-acclaimed T-34 main battle tank, considered by many the best tank overall produced during the war, and most visually appealing of them by myself, generally being faster to produce. Production of T-34 tanks often being done with battles raging just beyond the factory walls, the still unpainted tank, sometimes lacking details such as an optical sight for the main gun, rushed outside to face the German invaders.
Nazi Germany struggled to maintain production of their highly-engineered armored vehicles, as well as just about everything else, in the latter half of the war, Despite increasingly diminished output following heavy Allied air raids which would level factories, military bases, and sometimes unfortunately, also non-military targets which made contingency plans such as Primitiv-Waffen-Programm a necessity to continue fighting, production continued wherever possible. Bombings of non-military objectives in the European front of the war so as to devastate morale in-hopes of instigating surrender is exemplified by the firebombing of Dresden, Germany. Science fiction fantasy author, as well as renowned anti-war activist following the war, Kurt Vonnegut experienced this firebombing personally. He survived the incineration beside fellow prisoners of war sheltered by the cellar where they were kept. The horrifying sights that surrounded them as their German captors enlisted their efforts to tidy-up the destruction described through a stand-in fictional character in his science fiction novel Slaughterhouse 5.
Events such as this, as well as the enlistment of women, elderly men, and children armed and coerced into militias against invaders making a slaughter of them, even the astounding number of rapes preying upon German women by invading Soviet troops in their advance, cases purported to have reached into the tens of thousands, resulting in the first German post-war generation including many children born to unnamed and preferably forgotten Russian fathers. All of this permitted to continue by Adolf Hitler, displaying a lack of concern with loss of life either military nor civilian as he refused to surrender out of stoic pride. Defeat was finally accepted by the last German forces still fighting on May 4th, 1945. A few days after the Fuhrer’s suicide within his subterranean bunker in Berlin on April 30th, 1945.
The Pacific theater of the war against Imperial Japan to end months later on September 2, 1945. Following devastating firebombings of Japanese towns and military bases which culminated in the horrifying deployment of the first atomic bombs seen in warfare dropped on the cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thoroughly shocked and awed by the sight, Japan finally accepted defeat. After dreadful years spent pushing them back accomplished by the daunting efforts undertaken by United States Marine forces with some assistance from Australian troops, remaining Philippines resistance, and the Mexican Air Force at that time composed of 300 airman plus support staff, for a total of 25 aircraft deployed to the Philippines for translation duties with Spanish-speaking locals, and bolstering of patrols maintaining air security over the course of the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese Imperial forces. Completing a total of 96 missions over the Philippines and Taiwan. Mexican efforts were pivotal not just to securing the Philippines and Taiwan from the Japanese, but also to work their agricultural industries at home with most of the American men abroad fighting, and women not also working agriculture instead operating the assembly lines of tireless military industrial factories producing all manner of equipment. U-boat watch duty, and assistance in flushing them out by dropping depth charges on encountered German submarines, also coming to be undertaken by Mexican naval forces in the Gulf of Mexico. While US Marines island hopped across the Pacific as Chinese and Korean forces struggled before the atrocities committed by an overwhelming Imperial Japanese invasion. To be finally relieved by Russian ground forces edging past Manchuria towards the end of the war, as American Marines & co. surrounded and choked off the island that is the Japanese mainland.
The dropping of the atom bombs, and the fire bombings which ultimately killed more despite lacking the same theatrical effect in months prior to that, are still debated by some concerning whether or not it was the best possible course of action. With defenders of the bombings proposing that an American ground invasion of Japan would have resulted in a total loss of life much larger than that which was experience with the bombings, to include dead American Marines in the statistics. Given the fact the Japanese civilian populace was in some areas supposedly so highly propagandized that they too were willing to fight, however lacking in-arms, the American invaders. In some places the horrors the Imperial Japanese Military would espouse as soon-to-follow once Marines arrived on Japanese soil described as so barbaric, the fear of them provoked the breakdown of some civilian households in the most devastating ways possible. Women and children committing suicide lest they be raped and cannibalized by fearsome Americans, and the men preparing for combat before this feared invasion.
Some Japanese civilians expected the fictionalized United States Marines shown to them in propaganda to be well capable, fully intent on, and even relishing of their desire to commit upon them the same horrors that the Imperial Japanese Military infamously committed upon Korean and Chinese civilians elsewhere. As well as Australian and American prisoners of war. Of which some of these unfortunate souls from many backgrounds captured by Imperial Japan on the Pacific theater came to experience the terrors of scientific investigation Unit 731′s laboratories. Though Unit 731 did not reach the same industrial scale as the holocaust, their unethical even sadistic experiments easily rivaled medical and biological experiments committed by Third Reich scientists upon Jews and other political dissidents kept captive in concentration camps. Such depraved experimentation committed upon chosen members of a slave force being worked to death in concentration camps, or unfortunate enough to have been detained by Unit 731, more aptly described as sadistic torture in my opinion, and experiments upon unwilling persons unable to escape which compose the studies are best described elsewhere.
Japanese Imperial Troops of World War Two were famed for their blatant disregard of laws concerning warfare established following World War One. In stark contrast to the even gentlemanly and respectful treatment shown to German prisoners of war by American or English forces. And the respective German treatment of prisoners of war from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other Western European nations in detainment. Only exempting from such respectful treatment the troublesome known for attempted escapes, surrendered troops identified to be Jews in ethnicity, and captured Soviet troops. Since despite sharing similar skin tone, Adolf Hitler also promoted the genocide of ethnicities proper to Russia, considering them subhuman. The Eastern European front coming to include among the battles that reached into the heart of Russia, touching the outskirts of Moscow and back to Berlin, many exchanges of back-and-forth atrocities upon civilians and troops of the opposing nation. Following the declaration of war upon Russia, years of latent hatred towards Communists detonated, with the Third Reich betraying an uneasy truce by invading a Soviet Russia that had already been battling Finnish troops.
Briefly uniting the Soviet Union despite previous tensions with the world’s Western European powers allied to the United States, The United States industrial output to further benefit crucially the other Allied nations, as European industries had been left thoroughly devastated by war.
The United States industrial output was instrumental to equipping and feeding the Soviet Red Army in-preparation for their highly effective counter-offensive that would remain unstoppable all the way to Berlin, following the German offensive that nearly reached the Kremlin, destroying factories along their path until being halted at the outskirts of Moscow, through the lend-lease program that provided spare American M1 helmets, Thompson submachineguns, and M1 Garand battle rifles as well as transport trucks and a few Sherman tanks to accompany the Russian armored divisions composed mostly of T-34s alongside other Soviet designs. The push suffering only minor setbacks as conflicts such as the bloody Battle of Stalingrad dragged on, some of those trapped within the besieged city as the Red Army sought to displace the occupying Wehrmacht forces reportedly coming to rely on cannibalism to survive on one occasion. Those documented abuses committed on the Eastern Front endless in number, with those left to scrutinize such details following the war perhaps more fortunate for many others escaping documentation, given the lack of justice in known cases, Any country unfortunate enough to be caught in-between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany also having experienced the same or similar events within their borders, upon their men, women, and children, usually with no retribution in-sight. The chaos not allowing any potential justice beyond indiscriminately killing the opposing force and hoping some abuser who may have wronged you or a member of your community is among the dead.
The Soviet Union was notably the military force to have among the ranks of the Red Army the highest number of women filling combat roles, including the Night Witches, a squadron of women pilots who would conduct night operations against Nazi Germany, and other notable cases including women sharpshooters renowned and acclaimed by their fellow soldiers for their high kill counts of German soldiers. One such woman was highly propagandized as ‘The Lady of Death,’ and would retire from the front lines to train other sharp shooters after being deemed too important to moral to lose. Another famed case was that of a Soviet factory worker, who upon losing her husband, a tank operator, was allowed to take under her command a T-34 to avenge him.
An openly permissive attitude of attacks against civilians committed by the Soviet Union’s troops, likely resulting from how the men and women composing the Red Army shared a fury against the invading military from those lands they now found themselves penetrating in counter-offensive, even fervently seeking vengeance for the similarly ghastly horrors imparted upon their own civilians and homes by Third Reich Germany. This often rapid oncoming tide of ground forces into German population centers between defeated military objectives, as the Red Army gained momentum and found increased vigor granted by positive moral from successful battles, officers who would otherwise be expected to seek the administering of justice upon potential abusers guilty of actions against civilians, likely preferring to not dampen the mood of their fighting men by interrupting battles and pillaging with lines of firing squads killing men of their own uniform.
In comparison, documented abuses committed by soldiers of the United States military in Western Europe came to be committed by a known total of 98 servicemen. Who were then summarily executed for their crimes of either raping or murdering civilians and even other soldiers, before being buried in a small grassy field surrounded by visually uninteresting bushes kept uniformly cut. The United States military declining to take their bodies home for bringing shame upon their operations in fellow Allied nations. Additionally refusing to grant them the similar decor they would leave as marked headstones for other American troops left buried abroad where honored fallen veterans rest on more cherished fields, places their loved ones and following generations could visit in remembrance. On other plots of the same cemetery or the many other American cemeteries spread throughout Western Europe, numbering a total of 26.
Including The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial also found elsewhere in France, forevermore housing resting troops that lost their lives taking the sea-side cliff sides of Normandy as D-Day dragged on. These troops left on this particular spot of Oise-Aisne American Cemetery And Memorial, buried following execution by firing squad or hanging, with small white bricks set into the grass designating the buried offender’s name and serial number. This cemetery plot just another grassy field when viewed from a distance, lacking the visually identifiable crosses and headstones marking the tombs of other troops buried here, out of the way from usual traffic that would visit the pantheon of cemetery grounds in Northern France. The nondescript name of Plot E not giving away any hint of the contents rotting beneath the grass, tucked away from other plots and not even marked on the map intended to guide visitors to where their fore fathers who died in battles retaking occupied France may be buried. Main plots A, B, C, and D much grander in-scope, lining either side of the paved path leading down the center of the pantheon.
Finland, and nearby Poland were among those unfortunate to be caught between the claws of the angered Soviet bear and a German Nazi Imperial Eagle swooping past its upraised claws towards Moscow. The Finnish Army had an interesting history distinct when compared to that of any other nation’s war efforts, fighting initially for the Axis by repelling a Soviet invasion in 1939 solely of their own efforts, before repeating this action with Axis support again in 1941, to continue until 1944. Of the three stages undergone by Finland over the course of the conflict, the third and final stage found the Finnish military switching sides to instead repel German occupiers from their territories that had previously assisted against the Soviets, sweeping clean their many fortifications and troops occupying Finnish territory. Following the end of the war, due to their participation as an Axis ally until 1944, post-war agreements saw fit to give 10% of then Finnish territory over to Soviet Union ownership in reparations made for grievous losses inflicted upon the Red Army. Poland further Southwest famously giving birth to the Armia Krajowa, or Home Army in Polish, which was founded to fight both German and Soviet troops encroaching into Polish territory and preying upon Polish civilians. The Home Army militia resisting alongside the remaining conventional Polish military not appropriated by Nazi Germany into their schemes during occupation. Fighting against Nazi German occupiers with their Polish collusion hunting dissidents and Jews while attempting to aid their refuge and escape from German held territories, later to also face Soviet Union invaders seeking to conquer Poland as their own, rather than liberate the locals from the Third Reich. Even as Nazi Germany continued to hold the capital of Warsaw for the majority of the war.
The Soviet Union’s similar and equally lethal persecution of Jewish people sentenced to labor till death at gulags alongside peasants deemed unreformable, mentally unfit, even too stupid to educate prior to even trying, as well as other undesirable peoples including homosexuals and those addicted to anything other than Soviet produced alcohol, remains a lesser known fact today. Even with Josef Stalin’s paranoid witchhunt of traitors among the Red Army’s ranks and the USSR’s government for political reasons being more widely known and taught, respective information more easily available.
The actions of Armia Krajowa as the Polish resistance less renowned than those of the Dutch resistance, with the present but least active French resistance somehow coming to be the most famous for insurgency against Nazi German occupation. Possibly because not only did they fight Soviet troops considered by other nations to be properly Allied forces unified against the Axis, but the distance including Germany then under the Third Reich between them and other Western Allied troops rendered assistance by special forces mostly unable to reach and fight alongside the Polish resistance. Also French cultural output in art and cinema was, and still is by many, acclaimed and cherished abroad, which facilitated the sharing of their acts done to spite and weaken the German occupiers following liberation. The retaking of the famous monuments pertaining to France, many of them such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe beloved abroad, was made a highly publicized spectacle shared on newspapers abroad, heard on radios elsewhere, not shying from photographers documenting the incoming Allied forces in the least-bit.
Often SAS groups with American specialists occasionally invited would come to operate within enemy territory clandestinely, while other spies remained active in subtle espionage. With such daring tales of their acts behind held Axis lines including an insertion by scuba diver into a historic castle where Nazi officials were holding a party with many celebrities and influential figures invited, the diver’s diving wear specially designed so as to not permit the tailored tuxedo suit beneath to become wet underwater, the sabotage by bombing committed by the Dutch resistance with some OSS assistance to destroy a heavy water facility required for potential future development of an atomic bomb by Nazi Germany high in the mountains, only to exfiltrate by skiing down the snowy mountainside slopes, and the more blatant SAS raid utilizing a frigate packed with explosives and accompanied by smaller craft, SAS troopers aboard, to rush into a u-boat coastal hangar that had been troublesome to naval traffic during the war after detonating the larger vessel that had been rammed into the dock, among the many other known and unknown acts by those cherished and forgotten in their failure or success.
Their many subtle and blatant unconventional acts of warfare assisting the conventional taking of military objectives by Allied standard infantrymen with their accompanying air support. That is of course, when actions done to soften up positions and ease their successful capture prior to invasion were not instead of carpet bombings indiscriminately targeting infrastructure, industrial facilities, military objectives, and civilian businesses or housing. Pilots of bomber aircraft, if the objective wasn’t already indiscriminate bombing of a population center, sometimes unable to accurately drop their payload given the active resistance placing stress upon them composed of German anti-aircraft emplacements and German aircraft of upmost efficient designs, downing many a plane from the sky. Which included in the final years of the war the first jet aircraft in-action faced by some Allied bomber crews.
The speed enjoyed by the pilots of those first jets making them untouchable, while also playing to their detriment. Since on-board weaponry was still limited to that utilized by previous aircraft, similarly lacking in capabilities to guide a munition locked to a thermal signature or other source to compensate for this new-found speed. These deployed experimental jet fighters of the Third Reich finding their options to be machine guns, unguided rockets, drop and forget bombs, and cannons of sizes between 20mm and 37mm. Though I do not actually know what combinations of these they actually carried into combat.
Compared to other contemporary propeller planes of the time, they would zip past the opposing aircraft they desired to damage with less time to inflict damage with their own weaponry. Then face a longer time to line up another attack as they sped away and turned into an arch back in the direction they came from, with less time in the air to do so given how quickly these primitive jet aircraft would devour fuel compared to others. Pilots flying an advancement of the V2 rockets that rained down over England during the Battle of Britain years before, with added seats and controls, in-addition to a capacity to land demanded by Adolf Hitler. In juxtaposition to his lack of concern for German life elsewhere, he decreed that German pilots held in high-esteem never be demanded to sacrifice their own precious lives in kamikaze attacks replicating those committed by Japanese pilots upon American naval vessels.
The Special Air Service founded in 1941 by Sir David Stirling of the United Kingdom being the first modern example of what is today special forces groups trained and deployed by just about every military of considerable size for objectives deemed unconventional to the standard infantrymen or women. The SAS came to undertake their first actions in warfare abroad, thereby earning their fame forevermore, in the Northern African campaign against Third Reich Germany and Italian forces of the Axis powers. The Axis effort spanning the deserts of Northern Africa led by German General Erwin Rommel, a man some hold in high regard looking back upon the war in retrospection upon examination of German officers, with a fondness I disagree with even if I hold the belief that there is a distinction between soldiers of the Third Reich undertaking their duties as military personnel, such duties worthy of respect even admiration when not done against civilians or other noncombatants, and those of the SS with their many allies in posts beneath them, as well as guards of the concentration camps enacting the holocaust.
“Who dares wins.”
– Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange, a compilation of ancient Arabic fantasy adventure tales. Translated to English by Malcom Lyons in 1933 from a manuscript dating back to the 10th century, A.D., discovered in an ancient library of Istanbul, Turkey.
Commonly attributed to Sir David Stirling, founder of the United Kingdom’s Special Air Service during World War Two, who adopted the phrase as the motto for the still-active SAS in 1941.
Of those considered for concentration camp work, many of the guards posted to the ghastly duties of tending to the holocaust that was ongoing at the time unseen by the rest of the world, known about by few, were often chosen through psychological profiling specifically for their lower intelligence, tendency towards abusive acts, low temper, lack of education, most importantly placed there for cultural disconnection from, preferably even outright discrimination against the many Atheists, homosexuals, Communists, Anarchists, former drug addicts, and in the highest numbers among those stripped of liberty to be detained in these horrific conditions, the Jews. All of these political dissidents together undergoing the many abuses of the camps while being worked to death.
Homosexuals infamously returning to detainment either in the same concentration camps, or in more conventional prisons following the fall of the Third Reich, the divided German states that resulted from the respective occupations by recently formed North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, forces and differing Soviet-installed East German troops, still maintaining homosexuality as illegal in the years following World War Two. Josef Stalin to continue condoning the persecution of Jews beneath the Soviet Union, even though he had jumped at the opportunity to capitalize on positive publicity earned when Soviet troops freed Jews and other dissidents held in Nazi concentration camps. English mathematician, early computer scientist, and known homosexual Alan Turing also suffering aggressive persecution despite his instrumental efforts to resolving and breaking encrypted German telegraph transmissions and interpreting coded radio messages. Coming to even suffer chemical castration forced upon him by authorities in the years following the war. The abusive way that a man instrumental to the war effort had been treated for his homosexuality by the British government, not being recognized or publicly stated officially until comments made by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009 openly apologizing in disagreement with the appalling way authorities had treated Alan Turing prior to his death in 1954.
Such was the Nazis thoroughly documented effort, made entirely legal beneath their legislation, that upon examination of potential qualifiers for concentration camp guard duty, the distance between the guard’s hometown, or where he had spent much of his life, and the community from which most of a particular camp’s detainees were abducted was considered, even their differences in personal tastes and economic status seeking those furthest away from said detainees. The Nazis seeking efficiency above all not only in their engineering utilizing the materials drawn from the Earth, but also in how they realized that in the long-term an abundance of forests they could then pick and choose for clearing and regrowing would be a better practice for their health and that of the land’s in the future upon adopting required ecologist practices regulating land-use, to never lack-in wood out of an unrestrained industrial drive to clear all forestland for farmland and wood. As well as having forestland to hide-in should Third Reich citizenry, in their planned thousand year reign that never came to be, have to hide among them at some point from overflying aircraft upon having their population centers occupied by invaders, or otherwise increasingly scrutinized from freedom of action by instated occupiers enacting foreign interests. With deep enough forest terrain allowing them to remain hidden from routes more easily traversed by heavier armed vehicles in the wilderness.
As Nazi Germany, often even planting trees in areas recently displaced of locals, since they hoped to control so much territory that they would be able to clear vast swathes for agriculture and resource mining without too thoroughly stripping forest land. Desiring to count with such an excess a large part of it may remain untainted wilderness as land was developed for economic output elsewhere, due to their desired genocide of foreign populations deemed unneeded or excessively troublesome following defeat, outright removing any Jewish locals from newly conquered territories upon occupation, when not requiring of them or the labors of other locals for slave labor.
Provided they aren’t instead viewed as worthy of citizenship as an Aryan, paid for labors in industry or assisting in the persecution of dissidents, Jews among them, in their new territories that person may call home, even if the name given to said home is changed to something preferred by Nazi Germany. Undesirables to later be replaced by Aryan citizens should the Third Reich have been established as it was planned, claiming a glorious 1000 year reign to ensue the end of the war. A utopia for racists and sadists who loved crisp uniforms and over-engineering the slightest curve along the blade of a potato-peeler, following the end of their need for a work force, and timely removal of it. It is claimed that when flying over some forests of Western Europe, one can come to see an occasional Swastika composed of tree tops differing in color to surrounding vegetation, a defiant monument to the now defunct Third Reich’s existence, yet to be toppled as trees for the people they represent. The Swastika, a symbol stolen from an Eastern pacifist religion called Jainism, of the most ancient faiths of India, alongside the Buddhism it shares some core tenants to, and Hinduism also proper to Indian peoples. These often out of the way Swastikas made of leaves to remain visible from a God’s eye view for the foreseeable future to come. Extending this desired exceedingly total administration for their human resources as well in increasingly intimate ways.
These psychological profiling tests and measures used by the Nazis, derived and specialized towards different ends from the psychological and ability measurement tests that came to be increasingly perfected by the United States Military during World War I. Similarly returning to service when evaluating a newly recruited soldier’s ideal potential for any given area in World War II.
If the potential guard being considered for concentration camp duty was not instead outright lacking in tastes. Having been deprived of such enrichment, or instead lacking any interest and curiosity in knowledge and culture. More likely to blindly follow orders given by authorities unquestioningly for this compared to other members of the Third Reich with an appreciation for intellectual achievement, and instead perhaps even finding enjoyment in sadistic destruction given their lacking of any appreciation for the fruits of creation. Meanwhile Nazis with more delicate sensibilities, or even lacking in any prejudices while also not falling into any of the discriminated groups nor opposing the regime themselves, found themselves freed of coming to witness the horrors driving their regime, similarly profiled to decide better posts tailored to their talents and present abilities, or potential ones, elsewhere, their hands at first glance clean of innocent blood. While the fate of political dissidents was mostly known by the core German populace in urban centers, many found it easy to feign ignorance or simply allow themselves to forget that others were present in recent years past as life continued to appear normal for them up until the invasion of Nazi Germany in reprisal against their imperialism. Some of them enjoying the riches stolen from those being worked to death at the concentration camps, often even being business rivals who’d come to steal the properties of a dissident or Jew finding themselves empowered to do so by the Third Reich. The regular trains to these camps providing ideal places to strip any luggage of value from those transported, if they weren’t instead abducted from homes and hiding places, possessions taken outright from their dwellings. Unmarked train station rooms designated by Nazi officers for the brief housing of attractive women of Jewish ethnicity or pertaining to some other dissident group, to then rape these women while they still possessed some healthy vigor yet to be stripped by the holocaust prior to forcing them onto the train, referred to as joy divisions by the officials operating them in open jest.
The persecution of the Jews itself an opportunistic capitalization upon the latent prejudices underlying German society prior to the war, with a German populace additionally desperate due to indignation felt by a public opinion that Germany was made to pay excessively reparations for a First World War they were not responsible for starting. This being because the Jews, always an industrious people taking of even niche chances for income not usually taken by most of society, further bolstering their communities due to their tight-knitted mentality and shared traditions, held a lot of wealth that continued to empower them in society, and alleviate their children from poverty, in spite of the conditions onset by these forced pay-outs and the effects of global economic depression.
Adolf Hitler allegedly called a Jewish doctor that had treated his mother when he was a child, to warn the man of what his plans soon to be enacted were to be, and how they may affect the doctor so that he may flee in-time, perhaps the lone Jew that Hitler felt any concern for due to the personal connection, this not being enough to thwart his racism towards other Jewish people, likely housing a ‘he’s one of the good ones,’ mentalities concerning that particular Jew. His plans continuing as he’d claimed to that Jewish doctor, stoking the latent hatred felt against Jews, and their perceived aloof privilege for enjoying of wealth due to their talent for administration of income, nourished since the medieval ages when Christians were not permitted to work in banking, leaving such an endeavor open to be undertaken by Jews. So that the violent theft of this well-earned income, and that of any who dared oppose in defense of them, would help finance his imperialist ambitions while using these people for the production of war materials and consumer goods while receiving no pay, inadequate food, regular beatings, before final death.
Other people not pertaining to aforementioned groups coming to join them indiscriminately should they themselves dissent to Nazi Germany’s will. Including on one occasion a Polish Catholic priest who chose to join many of the Jewish school children he taught rather than let them be taken alone on the trains leading to stops at the many operating camps within the territories closer to the heart of Nazi Germany, while many other Catholics instead remained willfully or blissfully ignorant to the situation, considering fascist Benito Mussolini’s rule of Italy offering their acceptance to the genocide, additionally given the Vatican’s approval for their Axis alliance to Nazi Germany at the time. As the war neared closure, opposing forces approaching, these concentration camps rushed their already industrial-scale genocide of housed detainees using designs tailored specifically to this murderous end. Such as shower rooms which could double as gas chambers. Soviet troops came to be the first to liberate concentration camps and discover the horrors within shortly followed by other Allied troops penetrating Germany from the West in the coming days, finding themselves shocked, many previously unaware of the ongoing slaughter of political dissidents, as they tended to the many traumatized, undernourished, and often wounded survivors of the holocaust that Nazi Germany had enacted to steal the wealth of political opposition, while also making of them conveniently found slave labor to bolster their industries until their previously decided ultimate fate desired by the authorities of the Third Reich. The death chosen for them finally freeing these under nourished, beaten, enslaved detainees from work duties, if they hadn’t already collapsed to die due to illness under these conditions or instead succumbed to a bullet wound attempting resistance to escape from their fate, while potentially freeing others.
The Second World War would finally come to an end in 1945, after 6 years of ever-growing conflict spread across the globe. Beginning with Nazi Germany’s invasion and occupation of Poland in 1939, coinciding with the Soviet Union’s invasion of Finland in the same year. The United States would formally enter the conflict, many private actors already participating abroad in England, on December 7th, 1941, following Imperial Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. After years of growing tensions between Japan and the United States over oil in Southeast Asia, as Japan’s imperial ambitions grew and it required the oil for its growing war machine, they finally launched this attack hoping to limit the United States capacity to operate in the Pacific against them. Imperial Japan had already been attempting to conquest the Chinese mainland prior to World War Two during the 1930s, and would to continue their atrocities committed upon the Chinese throughout World War Two. Axis Germany and Italy would follow-up with formal declarations of war against the United States on December, 11th, 1941. While the losses were heavy, the dead many to be mourned, including flagship Arizona’s hefty loss with 1177 American servicemen among the dead on-board that day, the United States would ultimately push back the Japanese Imperial forces occupying much of the Pacific and South Asia to ultimately end the war with the detonation of the first atomic bombs used in warfare, to date the only atomic or nuclear weapons deployed in anything other than tests.
“I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.”
– Isoroku Yamamoto, Marshal Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy
By Manuel Ignacio Mier Aguirre, Jr. Of Morelia, Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico. 6/28/2020.