Nazi resistance post VE Day?

Discussion in 'General' started by 2EastYorks, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Jaeger

    Jaeger Senior Member

    I seem to recall that the german society was ill suited to guerilla warfare according to a historian.

    I don't recall what arguments he had for it, the only reason I remember it is that we had an assessmet of the potential for guerilla warfare in Norway.
     
  2. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    Hmmm....exactly how much of German society was left unshattered in May 1945???
     
  3. Elven6

    Elven6 Discharged

    Hmmm....exactly how much of German society was left unshattered in May 1945???

    Depends where you lived, a place like Berlin for instance would have been mostly destroyed. Some areas surrendered with little to no conflict to Allied forces so damage was minimal.
     
  4. Jaeger

    Jaeger Senior Member

    It was aimed at the mindset of the population.

    A variation of Gerry dosen't play cricket...
     
  5. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    I wasn't referring to just material damage; I was thinking more of "society" - every nazi-controlled organisation....and over the years they had taken control of EVERYTHING!...suddenly going into abeyance; every town or village council in hiding - or claiming THEY had never been Nazis and getting themselves artrested (or worse) LOL There wasn't much social organisation left in 1945.

    It would be an interesting field of research for someone's post-grad - how the various types of civilian social organisations came back to life; Scouting and similar youth organisations, church-based one re-establishing themselves after being subsumed into the HJ/BDM, shooting clubs starting off again under Occupation law, even kennel clubs, things like that!

    I would assume the first levels of old organisations to reappear were those willing to come out and assist in the local levels of the rationing/food distribution systems...

    One I DO know of - was the German Red Cross; for it was banned from operating in the Western Occupied zones for a time.
     
  6. Elven6

    Elven6 Discharged

    I wasn't referring to just material damage; I was thinking more of "society" - every nazi-controlled organisation....and over the years they had taken control of EVERYTHING!...suddenly going into abeyance; every town or village council in hiding - or claiming THEY had never been Nazis and getting themselves artrested (or worse) LOL There wasn't much social organisation left in 1945.

    It would be an interesting field of research for someone's post-grad - how the various types of civilian social organisations came back to life; Scouting and similar youth organisations, church-based one re-establishing themselves after being subsumed into the HJ/BDM, shooting clubs starting off again under Occupation law, even kennel clubs, things like that!

    I would assume the first levels of old organisations to reappear were those willing to come out and assist in the local levels of the rationing/food distribution systems...

    One I DO know of - was the German Red Cross; for it was banned from operating in the Western Occupied zones for a time.

    Well less than 10% of Germany had party membership at any one time from what I've read in the past so the "proving process" might be a bit overrated in a sense.

    For starters, Oktoberfests and the like began immediately after the war in 1946. In 1951 IIRC shooting clubs began reopening through Germany for the first time since World War I.
     
  7. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Cicilization in Germany officially only restarted in 1953, when the Zinnfigurenmuseum opened in the Plassenburg, in the town of Kulmbach. Before that: pfffft.

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