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The Wehrmacht (literally defence might) was the name of the unified armed forces of Germany from 1935 to 1945. The Wehrmacht consisted of the Heer (Army), the Kriegsmarine (Navy) and the Luftwaffe (Air Force). The Waffen-SS, an initially small paramilitary section of Heinrich Himmler's Allgemeine SS that grew to nearly a million strong during World War II, was not officially part of the Wehrmacht, but subject to Oberkommando Wehrmacht (OKW), Oberkommando Heeres {OKH), as well as Field Command. Thus, the Waffen-SS was, de facto, a fourth branch of the Wehrmacht although this remains hotly disputed by Wehrmacht veterans.

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