Volkssturm, Berlin 1945

Code:ZVE3621
ManufacturersZvezda
Country:Russia
Price:$6.20
Status:
In stock
Scale:1:35
This product was added to our catalog on 29 March, 2011
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The Volkssturm ("folk storm", "people"s assault"; "People"s" or "National Militia") was a German national militia of the last months of World War II. It was founded on Adolf Hitler"s orders on October 18, 1944 and conscripted males between the ages of 16 to 60 years who were not already serving in some military unit as part of a German Home Guard.
The new Volkssturm drew inspiration from the old Prussian Landsturm of 1813-1815, that fought in the liberation wars against Napoleon, mainly as guerrilla forces. Plans to form a Landsturm national militia in Eastern Germany as a last resort to boost fighting strength initially came from Oberkommando des Heeres chief General Heinz Guderian in 1944. Because the Wehrmacht was lacking manpower to stop the Soviet advance, men in jobs not deemed necessary or previously deemed unfit for military service were now called under arms. The Volkssturm had existed, on paper, since approximately 1925, however it was only after Hitler ordered Martin Bormann to recruit six million men for this militia that the group became a physical reality. The intended strength of six million was never attained.

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