Germany 1918-1945


Germany Declares War on Russia

August 1 1914

Germany declares war on France and invades Belgium.

August 3 1914

Proclamation of the German Republic

November 9 1918

Phillip Scheidemann (a Socialist politician) proclaims the German Republic.

Kaiser Abdicates

November 9 1918

Kaiser Wilhelm abdicates and flees to the Netherlands.

Friedrich Ebert becomes Chancellor

November 9 1918

Friedrich Ebert (leader of Socialists) becomes Chancellor.

Armistice is signed. WW1 ends.

November 11 1918

Germany is defeated and signs the Armistice and fighting ends. Germany had to agree to The Fourteen Points.

Sailors hold Ebert

December 23 1918

1000 sailors broke into the Government and hold Eberts, the Socialist Leader, prisoner.

Spartacists had renamed themselves the Communist Party of Germany

December 31 1918

The Spartacists renamed themselves and began to plan a revolution. The Revolution begins on the 6th January.

Spartacist uprising in Berlin and other cities.

January 1 1919

Three weeks later, the Spartacists were crushed by the army with the help of the Freikorps.
Freikorps were right wing ex-soldiers operating as private armies.
In order to get the army to help, Ebert had to agree with Groener (head of the army) that the army would be allowed to use any means they wished to crush the Spartacists and that the army would retain its semi-independence from the civilian government.

The Frei Korps attack the Spartacists

January 10 1919

The Frei Korps attack the Spartacists

Ebert becomes President. Scheidemann becomes Chancellor.

January 13 1919

Ebert steps down as Chancellor and becomes President instead. Scheidemann becomes Chancellor.

Ebert: The First President of Germany

February 11 1919

In Weimar, a small town, Ebert was elected the first President of Germany

Treaty of Versailles announced

March 7 1919

Signing of Treaty Of Versailles

June 28 1919

2 German politicians travelled to France and signed the Treaty of Versailles in The Hall of Mirrors.

German Worker's Party becomes National Socialist German Worker's Party


German Worker’s Party (DAP) changes its named to National Socialist German Worker’s Party For short they are called Nazis.

Freikorps attempted Putsch

March 3 1920

Wolfgang Kapp leads the Freikorps in an attempted putsch in Berlin. The army refused Ebert’s command to put down the putsch. A general strike forces Kapp to admit defeat after 4 days and runs away to Sweden.


November 1923

1 loaf of bread = 201000000000 Marks
1 egg = 370000000000 marks

Stresseman becomes Foreign Minister

1924 - 1929

Torchlight Parade in Berlin to celebrate Hitler becoming Chancellor

January 30 1933

The Nazis organised a massive torchlight parade to celebrate the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany.

Hitler made Chancellor

January 30 1933

Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany by President Hindenburg.

Reichstag Building set on Fire

February 27 1933

Marinus van der Lubbe and four other communists was discovered at the scene and charged and arrested for arson and attempting to overthrow the Government.

Van der Lubbe confessed.

Van der Lubbe had organised communist meetings before the incident in the past.

The Enabling Act

March 23 1933

The Enabling Act was placed before theReichstag on the 23rd March 1933. This meant that the powers of legislation were taken away from the Reichstag and given to Hitler's Cabinet for 4 years.

Banning of all Political Parties except Nazi

July 14 1933

On July 14th 1933, Hitler made a law that the Nazi Party was the only political party allowed in Germany, consequently destroying all other competition.

More being sent to Concentration Camps


In 1936, the work shy; tramps; beggars; alcoholics; prostitutes; homosexuals & Juvenile delinquents were being sent to concentration camps.

Youth Concentration Camp


A special Youth Concentration Camp was set up

Round up of beggars tramps, and gypsies


A round up netted 11,000 beggars, tramps and Gypsies were all sent to Concentration Camps

Improvement & Debt


The situation had improved from 1928 in 1939 for most areas. For example, the Government income raised by 6 billion Reich Marks; the amount of money spent on construction increased by 4 billion RM; unemployment decreased & industrial production levels also increased.
However, the total debt for Germany hugely increased from 13 billion RM in 1928 had increased to 40 billion RM in 1938. This was largely down to the amount of money needed for Rearmament (17 billion RM was spent on rearmament in just 1 year!)

Facts of War: DURING THE WAR...

1939 - 1945


2,697,473 tons of bombs were dropped by the RAF and USAAF on Germany

Approximately 50% of bombs fell on residential areas and 12% on factories and war industries

7.500,000 Germans were made homeless.

2,500,000 children were evacuated.

3,640,000 German civilians died as a result of the war.

People often scavenged from dead horses etc.

Export and Import decrease


The amount of exports and imports drastically decreased but the balance of trade increased by a mere 1.6%

Nazis exterminate the mentally ill

1939 - 1941

The Nazis secretly began to exterminate the mentally ill in an Euthanasia programme. Six thousand handicapped babies, children and teenagers were murdered by starvation or lethal injections. The mentally ill were seen as a burden.
On August 18, 1939, the Reich Ministry of the Interior circulated a decree compelling all physicians, nurses, and midwives to report newborn infants and children under the age of three who showed signs of severe mental or physical disability. At first only infants and toddlers were incorporated in the effort, but eventually juveniles up to 17 years of age were also killed. Conservative estimates suggest that at least 5,000 physically and mentally disabled children were murdered through starvation or lethal overdose of medication.
Ashes from cremated victims were taken from a common pile and placed in urns without regard for accurate labeling. One urn was sent to each victim's family, along with a death certificate listing a fictive cause and date of death. The sudden death of thousands of institutionalized people, whose death certificates listed strangely similar causes and places of death, raised suspicions. Eventually, the Euthanasia Program became an open secret.
Public protests in 1941 made Hitler end the programme. atleast 72,000 people had been killed

RATIONS & recycling

September 1939

Rationing started in September 1939.
Recycling was encouraged.

After raids, special rations of coffee, cigarettes and meat were issued

Rations were much worse in Germany than Britain.
Extra rations were given to expecting or nursing mothers; sick people; vegetarians; donors of blood and breast milk & workers in heavy industries such as mining.

Adults received no milk ration.

Shoes and coats were almost impossible to get because of a complicated point system.

Hot water was only permitted 2 days a week

Toilet paper was not available

Tobacco was difficult to get. People would do swaps like an egg for a cigarette.

Surprisingly, 40% of people improved from rationing because it gave them a more varied diet.

Britain declares War

November 3 1939

Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939.

Donation of clothing

December 1941 - January 1942

Germans gave 1.5 million fur garments and 67 million woolen garments to help clothe the German Army in Russia.

Christmas spirit and morale: rations

December 1942

Extra food rations given out on Christmas

Exchange centers


Clothes rationing was suspended so Exchange centers were opened

War Effort


Every part of German Society contributed tot the war effort in 1943. People had to help Germany by producing arms, growing food, caring for the sick and injured, fighting etc.
Production of anything that didn't help the war stopped. That meant another 8 million workers who could make products for the war and another 300,000 workers could join the army.

Ending non-essentials

March 1943

Professional Sport ended and non-essential businesses were closed.