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 fascist 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.
These are the military branches of the German Empire:
|The Imperial German Army was the combined land and air forces of the German Empire.|
|The Imperial German Navy was the naval force of the German Empire.|
These are the military branches of Nazi Germany:
|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).|
|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:
|In modern times, Germany's armed forces are called the Bundeswehr (Federal Defense) and serve alongside other NATO forces around the world.|
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.
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.
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 e.t.c. Most of them are manufactured by Heckler and Koch.
- Main article: Imperial German Army
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.
- 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.
- 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, as German law prohibits the use of Nazi symbols for non-historical or educational purposes. 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.