WA
Abbreviation of defence department, assault groups of the NSB
Waffen-SS
Name of Military section of the SS.
Wannsee conference
Conference at the Wannsee on 20 January 1942. The Nazi’s made final agreements about the extermination of Jews in Europe, the Final Solution (Ëndlösung).
War Crimes
Crimes committed in wartime. Often concerning crimes committed by soldiers against civilians.
Washington Naval Treaty
Treaty signed on 6 February 1922 by The United States, Great Britain, France and Italy through which the countries imposed restrictions on each other concerning number, magnitude and armoury of the most important warships to prevent a new arms race.
Wehrmacht
German armed military forces, divided in ground forces, air force and navy.
Weimar republic
Name for the German republic from 1919 until 1933. Hitler ended the Weimar republic and founded the Third Reich.
Westwall.
Also known as Siegfried Line, the German defence line along the German-French border.
WIA
Wounded in action, wounded in battle.
Wingewest
Translation of the Latin word “provincial”, meaning conquered area.
Wolfpack
Strategy used by German submarines enabling the attack of an allied convoy by a group of German submarines
Wolfsschanze
Headquarters of Adolf Hitler in East Prussia.
World crisis
Global economic crisis that broke out after the New York stock market crash in 1929. The threat of war (World War 2) improved the economic situation.
Würzburg
German short range radar. Was used to guide searchlights, FLAK and guiding German night fighters.

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