Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by Rob Dickers, Jun 2, 2011.
One of the things that annoy me about this type of document is the bit that runs 'It is an ancient German Custom....'. Why? Because it tries to strengthen the idea that everyone is the same in the state. My bet is that it possibly isn't ancient, was limited to certain regions or communities, and was never totally enforced in those areas anyway. But, boy, what a masterstroke - except for the deserters, who were probably already aware of the 'custom' and yet they still deserted.
One of the chief tenets of Nazism was to tie the individual to the state, that the state was all-important and the service to the state was of the highest order. I'm not surprised to read that being included in the document.
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