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Home Army[edit]

This is a mis-link, via a redirect. Does anyone know if this is the the correct term in translation, and whether we have an article under some other name to the formation in question? Alai 09:17, 2 May 2006 (UTC)

Volksturm Small Arms[edit]

In additional to standard Wehrmacht arms and captured equipment, the Volksturm had numerous arms (mainly experimental) created for it. Perhaps there should be a section added addressing this point.


Didn't Goebbels play a large part in the formation of the volksstrum? Gavin Scott 08:27, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

People's Storm trooper ?[edit]

Doesn't the word 'storm trooper' carry a bit too much meaning? I mean these were mostly youngsters, elders and people who did not want to be there not the elité troops you expect when you read 'storm trooper'.

It was the name of the unit. We can't change that, the article explains the nature of the Volksstrum. Gavin Scott 18:45, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
“Storm trooper” wasn’t the name of the organization—“storm trooper” is at best a generic term for members of the SS; Volkssturmhad little if anything to do with the SS and its name means little more than something like people’s assault [group]; Sturm means “storm” in the sense of an assault, but members of the Volkssturm were hardly storm troopers, all of them being civilians and either young kids, old men, or men unfit for normal military duty. What’s the source for rendering Volkssturm “storm troopers”? If none can be cited, or the only sources for the statement are unreliable, the statement should be removed from the article; see WP:ATT. —–Jim_Lockhart 20:21, 5 September 2007 (UTC)


I think the current picture is misleading and inappropriate. It is misleading because it implicates that Volkssturm members were fanatics that rather died than surrender (to US troops). For the Eastern Front it is true most people rather fought to the death than surrender (which would likely mean death as well), on the Western Front this was exceptional (AFAIK). The article also doesn't emphasize enough the last-resort function of the Volkssturm. German wartime propaganda already stated the best weapon of the Volkssturm was their will to fight, and even in reality this was true, again mostly for the Eastern Front. I think it should be emphasized Volkssturm members fought more to save what was left of their country from the Soviets than being Nazi-fanatics, apart from simply being conscripted. Wiki1609 14:38, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Sturm = Assault[edit]

I have no idea why people always want to translate Sturm with storm. It sounds absurd because it is. Try to graps the idea that the same word could be used in different context with entirely different meanings. Volkssturm was not about the weather, it was about combat, so why would assault not be obvious?

Also, "folk" seems to be a bit fancy where "people" is a much better fit. I might be wrong here, but I don't think so. -- (talk) 21:58, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

My understanding is that the concept of "The German People" was then often summed up (at least in Germany) as "folk" (Volk). The Volk of that place and era isn't quite the happy-go-lucky term of --say-- 60's American "folk music". Volk was more like spirit of the Vikings than of Peter, Paul, and Mary. Volk was a specific sub-set of ways to say "people" --different from say Leute or Mensch (just as, I suppose, one could say "the people", "the masses", "the street", or "a mob" and have slightly different nuances of meaning each way). Literally, Sturm is "storm" (musical Sturm und Drang etc) but it was used the same as "assault" in military terminology. Thus Sturmabteilung is equally-often called "storm" as "assault" detachment/section. Both ways work; one way is a more literal transliteration while the other rephrases toward a perhaps more satisfying English translation. One tends to hear of German "stormtroopers" but not so much of "assault-troopers". Overall, I've usually thought it best (or at least most educational) to list both ways: the literal transliteration of the word parts and also the rephrased English understanding of the term. I'd say "Luftschiff (zeppelin, air ship --literally 'lift ship' in the aerial sense of 'lift')" but that's just how things go in my version of an ideal world. Cramyourspam (talk) 06:08, 22 December 2009 (UTC)CramYourSpam
Well we translate Sturmgewehr as "assault rifle", not "storm rifle". -- (talk) 17:12, 11 May 2012 (UTC)
Sturm could also be rendered as "unit" as in the SA rank Sturmmann. Similar to Schutz being a rank/unit/gun/gunner(shooter). The Volkssturm could be rendered Peoples Units. Maybe compare it a unit like the Khyber Rifles where rifle is both the weapon and the unit.--Degen Earthfast (talk) 22:10, 19 August 2015 (UTC)

Walter Doenicke picture[edit]

How does the Walter Doenicke suicide picture have any bearing on this article? I can not see where the article loses anything without it. I also notice that articles of important Nazi functionaries, i,e, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolf_Hess, et al do not have them but they are available. If there is no obection I will remove it soon.-- (talk) 14:58, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

Removed the aforementioned Walter Doenicke suicide picture. Where does it add to the article?-- (talk) 00:59, 26 May 2015 (UTC)ouou

Thank you--Degen Earthfast (talk) 15:05, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Removed the previously removed Walter Doenicke suicide picture as it does not add anything to the article.-- (talk) 23:37, 7 August 2016 (UTC)


German wikipedia says "waffenfähigen Männer im Alter von 16 bis 60 Jahren -- ages 16 to 60 -- which contradicts the English article (from age 13). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:36, 6 May 2015 (UTC)