What happened to the regular German soldier just fighting for their country once WW2 ended?

During WW2 the regular German fighting man was a member of the Wehrmacht correct? To say Nazi forces would refer to Waffen SS troops or similar I am guessing…. Obviously the Nazi components carried out a good amount of the war crimes for which a number were prosecuted. The regular fighting soldier, sailor or airman however didn’t commit any crime; they just performed the daily duties like any other member of a military unit. What happened to these regular troops just fighting for their country? Did they become part of a new German military? Were they suddenly unemployed? Did they just return to their homes and families? What happened?

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  • 9 years ago
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    They went back home to a broken, burned homeland. Returned to the civilian life to rebuild it brick by brick wearing a mask to try and decrease the smell of rotted flesh. Most of them were just soldiers, but many committed atrocities that they were never punished for. But of course, no Americans were punished for taking all the Japanese Americans homes and businesses and incarcerating them for years without trial. And no Americans were punished for firestorm burning of German and Japanese cities. The cities weren't burned because they were military targets, they were burned to kill the German and Japanese workers that were working in the defense plants. Course babies were burned alive too, along with children, old people, wheel chair bound disabled, and mothers.

    No one wins at war, and no justice is found. Just death and destruction, and crying by all sides saying 'Never again'. But people watch John Wayne and Rambo strut their stuff in war movies, and another military recruit is born, looking for glory, but only finds empty death.

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  • 9 years ago

    The ones fighting on the western front yeah they just went home and started over or was part of the reformation. The ones on the eastern front well no one knows barley any of them made it back to Germany. Many people say the Nazi's were bad but thats only because the Soviets were allied with the Allies, but they did some really messed up crap.

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  • Mark F
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    9 years ago

    If they were captured by the Soviet's they spent up to a decade in a Gulag and if the survived (about 10% did) they were repatriated. Those captured in the west were detained for a short time, turned out of the German army and sent home. There were no facilities to keep them at any rate.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Most returned home to their familys , I lived in germany from 1983-1991 my landlord was a world war 2 vet, Just because they were soldiers that did not excuse any crimes they committed if there was proof they were prosecuted, If you are given an illegal order you have to disobey it by law ,but then that makes you breaking the military laws , its a no win situation

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  • 9 years ago

    Regular life

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