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Imperial German Army

1871–1919 land warfare branch of the German military / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Imperial German Army (1871–1919), officially referred to as the German Army (German: Deutsches Heer[8]), was the unified ground and air force of the German Empire. It was established in 1871 with the political unification of Germany under the leadership of Prussia, and was dissolved in 1919, after the defeat of the German Empire in World War I (1914–1918). In the Federal Republic of Germany, the term Deutsches Heer identifies the German Army, the land component of the Bundeswehr.

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German Army
Deutsches Heer (German)[1]
Standards of the Emperor
MottoGott mit uns[2]
Founded16 April 1871; 152 years ago (16 April 1871)[3]
Disbanded6 March 1919; 104 years ago (6 March 1919)[4]
Service branches
HeadquartersGroßes Hauptquartier (locations vary)[lower-alpha 1]
Commander-in-chiefGerman Emperor
Governing bodyGeneral Staff
Chief of the General StaffMoltke the Elder (first)
Hans von Seeckt (last)
Military age17–45
Conscription2–3 years; compulsory service
Reaching military
age annually
Steady 500,000 (1871)
Increase 3,562,000- (1918)[6]
Active personnel13,250,000+ (total served; 1914–18)
Budget$45 billion USD (total; 1914–18)[7]
($1.3 trillion USD in 2022)
Related articles
HistoryGermany during World War I
RanksRanks of the Imperial German military