The Axis Powers is a term for those participants in World War II opposed to the Allies. The three major Axis powers, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and the Japanese empire, referred to themselves as the "Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis." The Axis powers ruled empires that dominated large portions of Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, but they were ultimately defeated at the end of World War II.
The Wehrmacht (lit. "defence force") was the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1946. It consisted of the Heer (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe (air force). The Wehrmacht formed the heart of Germany’s politico-military power. In the early part of World War II, Hitler's generals employed the Wehrmacht through innovative combined arms tactics (close cover air-support, mechanized armor, and infantry) to devastating effect in what was called a Blitzkrieg (lightning war). The Wehrmacht's new military structure, unique combat techniques, newly developed weapons, and unprecedented speed and brutality crushed their opponents. By the time the war ended in Europe in May 1945, the Wehrmacht had lost approximately 11,300,000 men, about half of which were killed in action.
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IMHO The German military uniforms of World War II were most impressive and appear to be the best among all the armies. They were the best looking uniforms (the sharpest) and the German leaders seem to understand the value of branding and propaganda - the Nazi party spared no expense in looking good while doing bad.
While cleaning the display shelves for my 12-inch figures, I always try to take group pictures of my collection when they are out of their glass prison. Other group pics taken before include: "SEAL Team 6: The Ones Resonsible For Osama Bin Laden's Demise" posted on my toy blog HERE; "October 7 – The Day the War in Afghanistan Began with U.S. Special Forces leading the way" HERE; "1/6th scale World War II Allied Forces Pilots and Air Crewman 12-inch action figures gathered" HERE; "1/6 scale SAS CRW 12-inch figures released by BBI, Dragon Models, MC Toys, Medicom, Palitoy" HERE; and "Just some random Hot Toys Iron Man and War Machine / Iron Patriot pictures from my collection" HERE.
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