EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL 1945 NAZI VOLKSSTURM

PHOTO MANUAL ON THE SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL USE OF THE GERMAN ANTI-TANK BAZOOKA

DIE PANZERFAUST

ORIGINAL - NOT A REPRINT!

Dr. Joseph Goebbels and other propagandists depicted the Volkssturm as an outburst of enthusiasm and will to resist.  While it had some marginal effect on morale, it was undermined by the recruits' visible lack of uniforms and weaponry. Nazi themes of death, transcendence, and commemoration were given full play to encourage the fight. Many realized that this was a desperate attempt to turn the course of the war. Sardonic old men would remark, "We old monkeys are the Führer’s newest weapon". A popular joke about the Volkssturm went "Why is the Volkssturm Germany's most precious resource? Because its members have silver in their hair, gold in their mouths, and lead in their bones." For these militia units to be effective, they needed not only strength in numbers, but also fanaticism.  During the early stages of Volkssturm planning, it became apparent that units lacking morale would lack combat effectiveness. To generate fanaticism, Volkssturm units were placed under direct command of the local Nazi party officials, the Gauleiters and Kreisleiters. The new Volkssturm was also to become a nationwide organization, with Heinrich Himmler, as Replacement Army Commander, responsible for armament and training. Though normally under party control, Volkssturm units were placed under Wehrmacht command when engaged in action.
With the Nazi Party in charge of organizing the Volkssturm, each Gauleiter, or Nazi Party District Leader, was charged with the leadership, enrollment, and organization of the Volkssturm in their district. The largest Volkssturm unit seems to have corresponded to the next smaller territorial subdivision of the Nazi Party organization—the Kreis. The basic unit was a battalion of 642 men. Units were mostly composed of members of the Hitler Youth, invalids, the elderly, or men who had previously been considered unfit for military service.  Further desperation showed when on 12 February 1945, the Nazis conscripted German women and girls into the auxiliaries of the Volkssturm.  Correspondingly, girls as young as 14 years were trained in the use of small arms, Panzerfaust anti-tank guns, machine guns, and hand grenades from December 1944 through May 1945. Like many aspects of the Nazi Volksgemeinschaft (people's community), the organization of Germany for war was all-inclusive, reaching almost all levels of society as the establishment and expansion of the Volkssturm reveals.

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EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL 1945 NAZI VOLKSSTURM PHOTO MANUAL ON THE SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL USE OF THE GERMAN ANTI-TANK BAZOOKA

DIE PANZERFAUST

ORIGINAL - NOT A REPRINT!

The 4-1/4 x 5-3/4inch, 32-page illustrated manual for the Panzerfaust was published in 1945 by the Propaganda Leadership of the NSDAP in conjunction with the leadership of the Deutscher Volkssturm. This extremely rare original manual (again, this is NOT a reprint) shows in great detail and with pictures on every page how to get the anti-tank weapon ready, how to safely use it and, even more important, how to destroy a Russian T34 tank with it.

The Volkssturm (People's Storm) was a German national militia, established during the last months of World War Two in Nazi Germany. It was set up not by the traditional German Army but by the Nazi Party on the orders of Adolf Hitler and its official existence was not announced until October 18, 1944. It was staffed by conscripting males between the ages of 16 and 60 years who were not already serving in some military unit as part of a German Home Guard. In the final days of the Battle for Berlin also women and children were equipped with a Panzerfaust and let loose against the Soviet Red Army. The Volkssturm comprised one of the final components of the Total War promulgated by Propaganda Minister Dr. Joseph Goebbels, part of a Nazi endeavor to overcome their enemies' military strength through force of will. Even though especially the Hitler Youth boys fanatically defended the spot that was assigned to them but of course this last effort to stop the Bolshevists had only little (if any) military effect and only caused even more deaths among the civilian population.
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 were first proposed in 1944 by General Heinz Guderian, chief of the General Staff. The Army did not have enough men to resist the Soviet onslaught. So additional categories of men were called into service, including those in non-essential jobs, those previously deemed unfit, over-age, or under-age, and those recovering from wounds.  The Volkssturm had existed, on paper, since around 1925, but 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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PHOTO MANUAL ON THE SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL USE OF THE GERMAN ANTI-TANK BAZOOKA

DIE PANZERFAUST

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