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Germany (German: Deutschland), officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland), is a country in Central Europe.

The first modern unified state in German history was the German Empire, founded in 1871 by Wilhelm I, King of Prussia. The country was a member of the Central Powers during World War I alongside Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. However, as their war effort collapsed in 1918, the empire fell to civil conflicts, resulting in the abdication of Emperor Wilhelm II and the end of the German Empire. The Weimar Republic that succeeded the empire carried the burdens of the war in the years that followed.

Probably one of the most infamous eras of German history was the Nazi regime of the Third Reich or Nazi Germany. In 1933, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party came to power within the Weimar Republic, and soon seized all power from the democratic Reichstag. In the years that followed, Hitler built an enormous and zealous army and annexed neighboring countries, including Austria and Czechoslovakia. On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, prompting a declaration of war from France and the United Kingdom, sparking World War II.

Armed Forces[]

Military Branches[]

These are the military branches of the German Empire:

Seal/Flag Branch
200px-Kaiserstandarte.svg The Imperial German Army was the combined land and air forces of the German Empire.
200px-War Ensign of Germany 1903-1918 The Imperial German Navy was the naval force of the German Empire.

These are the military branches of Nazi Germany:

Emblem Branch
Balkenkreuz The Wehrmacht is the primary military force of the Nazi Germany. It is divided into the Heer (army), the Luftwaffe (air force) and the Kriegsmarine (navy).
212px-DAK.svg The Afrika Korps was Germany's expeditionary force to North Africa between February 12, 1941 to May 13, 1943.

These are the military branches of the Federal Republic of Germany:

Emblem Branch
In modern times, Germany's armed forces are called the Bundeswehr (Federal Defense) and serve alongside other NATO forces around the world.

Military Organizations[]


Germany is a part of both NATO and the European Union, both of which are featured as factions in their own rights in the Battlefield series. Germany is therefore presumably involved indirectly in other Battlefield games as a part of these two alliances.


Battlefield 1942[]

Flag Germany 1933

The in-game flag of Germany, a modified flag based on the flag of the German Empire.

Germany appears as a part of the Axis in Battlefield 1942. The country is represented by four forces: the Wehrmacht, the Afrika Korps and the German Elite Forces, with the Luftwaffe being mentioned as the primary combatant on Battle of Britain.

Berlin is the only base game map that takes place in Germany, while Secret Weapons of WWII expansions introduced three more maps: Eagle's Nest, Essen and Peenemünde.

Battlefield 2[]

In Battlefield 2, Germany is involved in the fictional Sino-American War, despite not being featured as a faction. Several German equipment appear in game such as the Leopard 2A6, MP5, G36 etc. Most of them are manufactured by Heckler and Koch.

Battlefield 1[]

Main article: Imperial German Army

Flag of the German Empire
Flag of the German Empire (above) and the Imperial War Flag (below)
200px-War Ensign of Germany 1903-1918


The aircraft/vehicle insignia of the German Empire

In Battlefield 1, the German Empire is one of the six factions initially playable in multiplayer, participating alongside the other nations of the Central Powers, Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire in the fight against the Allies.

The Imperial German Army are the most common faction out of all available factions, and featured on maps of the Western Front, where they face the British, American and French armed forces on locations of northern France and Belgium.

They also appear in Albion, fighting against the Russian Army in the Estonian islands.

The Imperial German Army is also the main opposing faction in the Storm of Steel, Through Mud and Blood and Friends In High Places war stories.

Battlefield V[]

Main article: Wehrmacht#Battlefield V

Germany is one of two factions originally appearing at the release of Battlefield V, alongside the opposing United Kingdom. No multiplayer maps pitted Germany against the United States until the 2020 Summer Update, with the addition of Al Marj Encampment and the conversion of Provence, Panzerstorm, and Twisted Steel on many gamemodes.

German locations appear briefly during the Prologue, when an RAF bombing raid over Hamburg in 1943 is intercepted by player character Yellow-Seven. Germany is also the main setting of the singleplayer war story The Last Tiger, and the multiplayer map Operation Underground.


Flag of Nazi Germany

The real-life flag of Nazi Germany, featuring the Nazi Swastika symbol, a symbol restricted or banned in multiple European countries.

  • In Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield V, Nazi symbolism are deliberately avoided and replaced with other symbols in order to release the game through German censors, because until August 2018, German law prohibited the use of Nazi symbols for non-historical or educational purposes with minor exceptions such as movies. For example, the in-game flag of Germany in both games is a modified version of the German Empire flag, and the Balkenkreuz is used as a symbol for German forces instead of the Nazi swastika.
  • In the demo version of Battlefield 1942, the German factions used another flag.[1] This version is still present in the texture files[2] of the full version of the game, but is currently unused.
    BF1942 Demo Ger flag

    The flag used by the German factions in the demo version of Battlefield 1942.


  1. Battlefield 1942 - Single Player Demo - YouTube
  2. Mods\bf1942\Archives\texture_001.rfa\texture\