By Guy Walters
IN 1936, Adolf Hitler welcomed the area to Berlin to wait the Olympic video games. It promised to be not just a powerful carrying occasion but in addition a grand show off for the rebuilt Germany. No attempt used to be spared to provide the 3rd Reich because the most modern worldwide strength. yet underneath the glittering floor, the video games of the 11th Olympiad of the fashionable period got here to behave as a crucible for the darkish political forces that have been collecting, foreshadowing the bloody clash to return.
The 1936 Olympics have been not anything below the main political wearing occasion of the final century—an epic conflict among proponents of barbarism and people of civilization, either one of whom attempted to take advantage of the video games to advertise their very own values. Berlin Games is the entire historical past of these fateful weeks in August. it's a tale of the athletes and their accomplishments, an eye-opening account of the Nazi machine's brazen try to use the video games as a version of Aryan superiority and fascist potency, and a devastating indictment of the manipulative energy video games of politicians, diplomats, and Olympic officers that may finally have profound results for the full global.
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The armored brigade spent some time at the Baumholder Training Area, followed by more training at Bergen. During those exercise periods, the division commander’s plan of seeing his forces work together with the Luftwaffe and other elements of the army came to fruition. Oberst Nehring’s Panzer-Regiment 5, with its two battalions (under Major Schäfer and Major von Wilcke), was a centerpiece of the large-scale exercises. Infantry from Infanterie-Regiment 17 (31. Infanterie-Division) participated, as did the division artillery of Oberst Weidling.
Heim was the corps operations officer. Those three men would indelibly leave their mark on the Panzertruppe in the course of the next few years. __________________ 1. Motorized Instructional Command. This was the genesis of the future Panzer-Regiment 5. 2. The cities listed are the garrisons for the division headquarters. The division troops and the major subordinate support and combat commands were usually in other garrison cities. There was no garrison in Germany large enough to house an entire division.
The swearing-in of the recruits took place in ceremonial form at the various garrisons of the division on 7 November 1935. The new Reich war flag fluttered from the mast and over the assembled columns and curious public in attendance. All of the troop elements in Potsdam assembled their new soldiers, including those of Nachrichten-Abteilung 39. They swore their oath to the flag in the presence of the Reichswehr Minister, Generaloberst von Blomberg. The recruits from Kradschützen-Bataillon 3 were sworn in in the middle of the assembled battalions at the parade ground at Wriezen.
Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream by Guy Walters