Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

during the Nazi period, were young men required to join the military? which age & did most ALL of them fight in WW2? what if stayed on farm?


what if they simply said "No, i dont want to fight in WW2 , i want to stay home and continue life as normal? "  were most of the young men volunteers who mainly lived in cities and were far right extremist maybe?

as only 30 percent supported hitler?

Update 2:

did many try to run away? maybe to Scandinavia or somewhere?

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  • 1 month ago
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    The German military had a limited conscription policy as part of the re-armament program before the invasion of Poland in 1939. Though at this point in time, the conscription was ordered to boost the military size in a short period of time. Though volunteers still made up the bulk of the force. The age at this time for allowed service (age you had to be) was between 18 - 45.

    By 1942 they would switch to a full conscription policy, though still keeping the age requirments about the same. In mid 1944 they would switch to a "Service by Requirement" and an expansion to the age restricton. Which means all abled body men between the ages of 16 - 50 are required to server. In early 1945 when the invasion of Germany itself they were using a policy known as "Scrapping the Barrel". Essentually anyone who could fight will fight. Children as young as 11 or 12 were given Panzerfausts, and used to destory tanks. And men as old as 70 were given rifles to fight as well. There would be a few cases of Females fighting in a form of civil militas as well. 

    Now for you question of anyone refusing or "running"? Early and mid war this wasn't a problem. The german mindset at the time was fully supported of their country and military. It would be uncommon for anyone to refuse, and those who did would have a good reason as to why. Late war this would become more of a problem, espeically in the final months. However refusing or "running" away would be punishable by death as a sign of defeatism, disertion, or being a traitor.  

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  • 1 month ago

    The farm work was being done by the women and POW's in Germany towards the end of the war. During the Battle of the Bulge it was noted that a lot of the Germans were actually too old or too young by most nations standards to be in combat. It got even worse as the war went on.

    Every one of age almost had a task to be done in defense of Germany. Even the women were pressed into positions as clerks and nurses.

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  • Fred
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    1 month ago

    If you were to say in 1940's Germany, "I'm not in the mood to support the German army" you would find yourself on the first one way cattle rail car into a forced labor camp, underfed, and worked until you couldn't make morning work roll call and turned into ash in less than 24 hours.   

    Knowing that you would in all probability change your vocal display; influenced by  end options? 

    • Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      did many try to run away? maybe to Scandinavia or somewhere?

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  • Satan
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Do you mean were they drafted? Yes,

    Certain people though were exempt from the draft, like train drivers, engineers etc

    As for the age, it depended on which country.

    If youre talking Germany, then there was also the Hitler youth

    It was a crime to refuse.  Punishable by fines, prison, an in some countries, death

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