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German Reich
German Reich.png
Capital:
Berlin

Government Type:
Fascist Dictatorship

Faction:
Axis (Leader)

The Flag of German Reich German Reich was instituted in 1933 and by led Adolf Hitler. It was the primary Axis Power in the European Theatre. Historically, the German Reich precipitated the Second World War by attacking Poland on 1 September 1939, and the German Reich closed the European Theatre of the Second World War by its surrender between 4 May and 8 May 1945.

Events[edit]

Main article: German events

National focus[edit]

Main article: German national focus tree
German national focus tree.

As one of the seven Major powers, Flag of German Reich German Reich has a unique National Focus tree. The National Focus tree includes both historical and counterfactual options for the player, and the AI is strongly weighted to follow the historical path when playing a "Historical Focus" game. Notable alliance opportunities are with the USSR, Poland, and the Scandinavian countries. Most of the Focuses for Germany are ultimatums for states/provinces, which may result in: acquiring territory, acquiring a war goal to obtain territory, or immediate war. The additional research tech is quite deep, requiring Industrial Effort II, Air Innovations II, and then Rocketry (among others). An Extra Research Slot becomes available should Rocketry be completed.

Should the Flag of German Reich German Reich pursue the Anschluss, the German National Focus tree provides levers for reordering Central and Northern Europe. The Flag of German Reich German Reich may make peace with or make territorial demands of Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia, Flag of Lithuania Lithuania and Flag of Poland Poland, Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia and Flag of Greece Greece, and Scandinavia. The possible levers reach from Norway and Denmark in the north to the Soviet Union in east, around through Flag of Turkey Turkey, Flag of Greece Greece, Flag of Italy Italy and Flag of Spain Spain in the south, around up through France to the low countries.

Whether controlled by the player or the AI, Germany will be dictating the course of many events in Hearts of Iron IV.


Technology[edit]

Army Technology Naval Technology Air Technology Electronics & Industry
  • Infantry Eq. I
  • Motorized
  • Mountain Infantry I
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I
  • Light Tank II
  • Heavy Tank I
  • Towed Artillery I
  • Towed Anti-Air I
  • Destroyer II
  • Light Cruiser II
  • Heavy Cruiser I
    • Upgraded Deutschland Class
  • Battlecruiser I
  • Battleship I
  • Submarine II
  • Transport Ship
  • Interwar Fighter
  • Interwar Bomber
  • Close Air Support I
  • Fighter I
  • Naval Bomber I
  • Tactical Bomber I
  • Strategic Bomber I
  • Synthetic Oil I
Doctrines

Politics[edit]

National Spirit[edit]

Bitter Loser icon
Bitter Loser
  • Ideology drift defense: +50%
  • Yes.png Can create factions
Bitterness over defeat in the Great War dominates the politics of this nation.
General Staff icon
General Staff
  • Division Organization: +5%
  • Planning Speed: +25%
The German General staff was responsible for the continuous study of all aspects of war, including the drawing up and reviewing of plans for mobilization or campaign. This contributed to a higher level of Organization in the army.

Diplomacy[edit]

As a Fascist country, the Flag of German Reich German Reich begins with slightly negative relationships with most of the world. In Europe, only Flag of Hungary Hungary and Flag of Italy Italy, countries with Fascist majorities, have positive relations with the German Reich. The Treaty of Versailles demilitarized Germany's border with Flag of Belgium Belgium, Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg, and part of the Flag of Netherlands Netherlands and Flag of France France. The German Reich has no alliances at the beginning of the grand campaign.

Political Parties[edit]

Political Party Ideology Popularity Party Leader Country Name Is Ruling?
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei Fascism Fascist 60% Adolf Hitler German Reich Yes
Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands Communism Communist 20% Wilhelm Pieck Socialist Republic of Germany No
Zentrum Democracy Democratic 20% Konrad Adenauer German Republic No
Non-Aligned Neutrality Non-Aligned 0% Random Leader Germany No

Ideology[edit]

Fascism Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (Fascist)

  • No Can force government of another country to adopt the same ideology.
  • Yes Can send volunteer forces
  • Justify war goal time when at war with a major: -80%

Staff and Designers[edit]

These are choices of ministers and design companies for the German Reich.

Political Advisors
Advisor Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Albert Speer Armaments Organizer
  • Civilian to Military Factory conversion cost: -20 %
150
Ernst Thälmann Communist Revolutionary
  • Daily Communism Support: +0.10
  • Gets event "Communism on the Rise"
150
Fritz Todt Fortification Engineer
  • Land Fort construction speed: +20 %
  • Coastal Fort construction speed: +20 %
  • Anti Air construction speed: +20 %

Requires: Westwall focus

150
Heinrich Himmler Prince of Terror
  • Effect of partisans on us: -25 %
  • Foreign subversive activities efficiency: -30 %
150
Hjalmar Schacht Captain of Industry
  • Civilian Factory construction Speed +10 %
  • Infrastructure construction Speed +10 %
  • Refinery construction Speed +10 %
150
J.von Ribbentrop Backroom Backstabber
  • Political Power Gain: +5 %
  • Ideology drift defense: +15 %
150
Joseph Goebbels Fascist Demagogue
  • Daily Fascism Support: +0.10
150
K. von Neurath Smooth-Talking Charmer
  • Trade deal option factor: +10 %
150
Kurt Schumacher Democratic Reformer
  • Daily Democracy Support: +0.10
  • Gets event "Move Towards Democracy"
150
Martin Bormann Silent Workhorse
  • Political Power Gain: +15 %
150
Rudolf Hess Silent Workhorse
  • Political Power Gain: +15 %

YesNot: Rudolf Hess has undertaken his famous flight

150
Walther Funk War Industrialist
  • Military Factory construction speed: +10 %
  • Dockyard construction speed: +10 %
150
Tank Designers
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Porsche Heavy Tank Designer
  • Armor Research Time: -10 %
  • Armor:
  • Armor: +5 %
  • Hard attack: +5 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
MAN Tank Designer
  • Armor Research Time: -10 %
  • Armor:
  • Reliability: +5 %
  • Soft attack: +5 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Henschel Mobile Tank Designer
  • Armor Research Time: -10 %
  • Armor:
  • Max Speed: +5 %
  • Reliability: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Ship Designers
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Germaniawerft Atlantic Fleet Designer
  • Naval Research Time: -10 %
  • Carrier: Armor: +50 %
  • Capital Ship:
    • Armor: +10 %
    • Naval firepower: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Blohm & Voss Raiding Fleet Designer
  • Naval Research Time: -10 %
  • Carrier:
    • Surface Visibility: -10 %
    • Max Speed: +10 %
    • Deck Size: -10 %
  • Capital Ship:
    • Surface Visibility: -10 %
    • Max Speed: +10 %
    • Naval firepower: -10 %
  • Screen:
    • Surface Visibility: -10 %
    • Max Speed: +10 %
  • Submarines:
    • Sub Visibility: -10 %
    • Surface Visibility: -10 %
    • Max Speed: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Aircraft Designers
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Messerschmitt Light Aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Time: -10 %
  • Fighter:
    • Agility: +10 %
    • Max Speed: +10 %
  • Carrier Fighter:
    • Agility: +10 %
    • Max Speed: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Focke Wulf Medium Aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Time: -10 %
  • Heavy Fighter: Reliability: +20 %
  • Tactical Bomber: Reliability: +20 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Heienkel Heavy Aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Time: -10 %
  • Strategic Bomber: Strategic Bombing: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Dornier Naval Aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Time: -10 %
  • Naval Bomber:
    • Operational Range: +10 %
    • Naval Attack: +10 %
  • CV Naval Bomber:
    • Operational Range: +10 %
    • Naval Attack: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Junkers CAS Designer
  • Air Research Time: -10 %
  • Close Air Support:
    • Ground Attack: +10 %
    • Reliability: +10 %
  • Carrier CAS:
    • Ground Attack: +10 %
    • Reliability: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company they will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Materiel Designers
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Opel Motorized Equipment Designer
  • Motorization Research Time: -10 %
150
Mauser Infantry Equipment Designer
  • Small Arms Research Time: -10 %
150
Rheinmetall Artillery Equipment Designer
  • Artillery Research Time: -10 %
150
Industrial Concern
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Krupp Industrial Concern
  • Industrial Research Time: -10 %
150
Siemens Electronics Concern
  • Electronics Research Time: -10 %
150
IG Farben Refining Concern
  • Industrial Research Time: -5 %
  • Synthetic resources Research Time: -10 %
150
Theorists
Theorist Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Alfred Saalwachter Submarine Specialist
  • Naval Experience Gain: +0.05 daily
  • Trade Interdiction Doctrine: -20 %
250
Erich von Manstein Mobile Warfare Expert
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.05 daily
  • Mobile Warfare Doctrine: -10 %
250
W. von Richthofen Close Air Support Proponent
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.05 daily
  • Battlefield Support Doctrine: -10 %
250
Heinz Guderian Blitzkrieg Theorist
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.05 daily
  • Land Doctrine Research Time: -7 %
  • Armor: Max Speed: +10 %
150
Ernst Udet Dive bomber
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.05 daily
  • Air Doctrine Research Time: -7 %
  • Close Air Support: Ground Attack: +10 %
150
Otto Cillax Naval Theorist
  • Naval Experience Gain: +0.05 daily
  • Naval Doctrine Research Time: -7 %
150
Walther Wever Air Warfare Theorist
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.05 daily
  • Air Doctrine Research Time: -7 %
150
Werner Heisenberg Nuclear Scientist
  • Nuclear Research Time: -10 %
150
Wernher von Braun Rocket Scientist
  • Rocket Research Time: -10 %
150

Geography[edit]

In 1936, the Flag of German Reich German Reich is one of the largest countries in Europe, spanning parts of both Western and Central Europe from the Rhine to Silesia, and from the North and Baltic Seas to the Alps. Clockwise from the north, Germany borders Flag of Denmark Denmark, Flag of Poland Poland, Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia, Flag of Austria Austria, Flag of Switzerland Switzerland, Flag of France France, Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg, Flag of Belgium Belgium and the Flag of Netherlands Netherlands. Additionally, the exclave of East Prussia runs from the Baltic Sea to the north to Flag of Lithuania Lithuania to the northeast and has Poland to the east, south, and west. The border states of Rhineland and Moselland are demilitarised in 1936, and the German Reich cannot move forces into the area until it completes the Rhineland national focus.

The coastline consists mostly of flat, arable land and the East Frisian marshes, which together form part of the North European Plain. Much of the German interior is heavily forested, most prominent being the Black Forest region near the Alsatian border. Foothills dominate the Czechoslovakian border. The southern border with Switzerland and Austria is somewhat mountainous, although very little Alpine territory actually resides within prewar German borders; Lake Constance (the Bodensee) forms part of this southern border with Switzerland and Austria. The Rhine and Danube rivers both run partially through Germany towards the North Sea and Black Sea respectively, whilst the Elbe, Oder and Weser all run to the German coastline and the major ports of Hamburg, Stettin and Bremen. The Kiel Canal traverses the German state of Schleswig-Holstein to connect the North and Baltic seas, allowing German and allied vessels to bypass the Danish straits.

There are many large urban areas in Germany, and most German states host at least one major city. The capital, Berlin, and the regional hubs Frankfurt and Munich, are the most important cities from a strategic point of view, and the large Rhine-Ruhr conurbation in the northwest is also a vital, highly industrialised region. Germany's largest naval bases are situated at Wilhelmshaven and Kiel, and the nation has a generally high infrastructure level.

Economy[edit]

Laws[edit]

Conscription Law Economy Law Trade Law
Limited Conscription.png Limited Conscription
  • 2.5% Recruitable population
Partial Mobilization.png Partial Mobilization
  • 20% Consumer Goods factories
  • +10% Military factory construction speed
  • −10% Factory (type) conversion cost
Limited Exports.png Limited Exports
  • 25% Resources to market
  • –1% Research time
  • +5% Factory output
  • +5% Construction speed

Industry[edit]

Factories 1936
Military factory
40 Military Factories
Naval dockyard
10 Naval Dockyard
Civilian factory
32 Civilian Factories

Resources[edit]

Total resources 1936
Oil.png
Oil
Rubber.png
Rubber
Steel.png
Steel
Aluminum.png
Aluminum
Tungsten.png
Tungsten
Chromium.png
Chromium
4 0 470 158 4 4

These numbers represent the available resources, depending on trade law a certain ammount may be traded away.

Military[edit]

Army[edit]

1936 scenario:

NATO infantry.png24 Infantry Divisions NATO motorized.png1 Motorized Division NATO mountain.png 1 Mountain Divisions NATO cavalry.png1 Cavalry Division NATO light tank.png 3 Light Tank Divisions

Total: 30 Divisions | Manpower.png Manpower Used: 269.60K

In 1936, Flag of German Reich German Reich's Wehrmacht is relatively small compared to the armies of the other major powers. It is well trained, however, with all divisions being regulars and thus receiving 25% bonuses in combat. The Wehrmacht is also well equipped, with no equipment shortages, large infantry divisions (a width of 18), and support artillery and engineers. Most importantly, it has a highly elite mobile segment, with 3 light tank Panzer divisions and one motorised SS division. The Panzers are mostly light tank 1, but light tank 2 is already researched and in production for upgrades. This 4 division unit can be dangerous if deployed effectively to punching through enemy lines on plains and then aggressively encircling enemies.

Thus, there is no need to wait for a slow rearmament in single player. the player can easily crush the UK (through a surprise invasion) or France with its starting army. Even in peacetime, the elite mobile divisions can be sent as volunteers to Spain or Japan for extremely decisive impacts. Neither Republican Spain nor China have countermeasures against aggressive encirclement by Panzers, that being said, ending the wars too quickly may have negative strategic effects due to rocketing world tension.


Examples of alternative division template names for German Reich include:

  • Mountaineers - Gebirgs-Division
  • Marines - Marine-Division or Marine-Korps
  • Paratroopers - Flieger-Division or Fallschirmjäger-Division (after 1943)
  • Motorized - Motorisierte-Division
  • Mechanized - Panzergrenadier-Division
  • Armor - Panzer-Division

Navy[edit]

Capital ships 1936
Battleship.png
2 Battleships
Heavy Cruiser.png
2 Heavy Cruisers
Screens and Submarines 1936
Light Cruiser.png
6 Light Cruisers
Destroyer.png
12 Destroyers
Submarine.png
14 Submarines

Total: 36 Ships || Manpower.png Manpower Used: 22.40K

The Kriegsmarine ("War Navy") is small and outdated in 1936, and without serious rearmament efforts it won't stand a chance against the Royal Navy due to a lack of modern capital ships and air power. However, it can be rebuilt in the time available into an effective fighting force, especially if operating under the protection of the Luftwaffe.

Historically, the Third Reich had begun to implement a massive shipbuilding programme known as Plan Z that called for no fewer than ten modern battleships (including the Scharnhorst and Bismarck classes), four aircraft carriers (including the unfinished Graf Zeppelin) and three battlecruisers (the planned O-class) to lead a large fighting force of surface raiders capable of both operating far out into the Atlantic against convoys and fighting pitched fleet battles in the North Sea against the Royal Navy, but efforts stalled as resources and yards were diverted to more critical materiel following the outbreak of war.

Production shifted almost entirely to U-boats in a bid to cut Britain off from the resources of the Commonwealth and USA through unrestricted submarine warfare, and by the end of the war the Kriegsmarine was overwhelmingly comprised of U-boats, many of very advanced design that heavily influenced post-War Allied submarines after their capture. The player can choose either of these directions through the small naval branch of Germany's national focus tree, although Plan Z will take some more time to execute than the construction of a submarine raiding fleet.

Germany starts with some technological advantages in naval design, including 1936 designs for light cruisers, destroyers and submarines, and in 1936 has eight Type IIA U-boats and four Type 1934-class destroyers under construction, as well as the famous Admiral Graf Spee "pocket battleship" (heavy cruiser) about to leave the yard. It has two manufacturers to choose from - Germaniawerft and Blohm & Voss - which respectively confer bonuses for capital ships and raiding fleets.

Air Force[edit]

Aircraft 1936
Close air support.png
80 Close Air Support
Air Skirmish.png
280 Fighters
Naval Strike Tactics.png
72 Naval Bombers
Bomber.png
480 Tactical Bombers
Massed Bomber Formations.png
4 Transport Planes

Total: 916 Planes | Manpower.png Manpower Used: 28.16K

The Luftwaffe in 1936 is smaller than the RAF, which is usually its main adversary, and the small fighter force is outdated. However, the German Reich does start with 1936 designs for all aircraft except carrier variants and heavy fighters, meaning that modern aircraft production can begin right away and research efforts can be diverted elsewhere.

Historically, Germany focused on flexible medium bombers such as the He 111 that could provide tactical support, and also pioneered close-in air support with dive bombers such as the Ju 87 operating in concert with ground troops on the offensive. Germany's default air doctrine and unique advisors allow for the execution of very effective ground support operations.

The Luftwaffe was rapidly built into a modern air force in the late 1930s, playing a key role in German offensives in Poland, the Benelux and France. After losing to the RAF in the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe would go on to play a vital role in early German victories on the Eastern Front, although the lack of strategic bombers to destroy Russian industry beyond the Urals ultimately contributed to the failure of Operation Barbarossa. German aerial innovation continued throughout the war, even after the tide had turned against the Axis, leading to the development of both the first operational jet fighter, the Me 262, and the V-2 rocket, the first long-range guided ballistic missile.

Strategies and Guides[edit]

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Countries
Europe

Albania.png Albania Austria.png Austria Belgium.png Belgium Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia Denmark.png Denmark Estonia.png Estonia Finland.png Finland France.png France German Reich.png German Reich Greece.png Greece Hungary.png Hungary Ireland.png Ireland Italy.png Italy Latvia.png Latvia Lithuania.png Lithuania Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Nationalist Spain.png Nationalist Spain Netherlands.png Netherlands Norway.png Norway Poland.png Poland Portugal.png Portugal Republican Spain.png Republican Spain Kingdom of Romania.png Kingdom of Romania Slovakia.png Slovakia Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Sweden.png Sweden Switzerland.png Switzerland Turkey.png Turkey United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Vichy France.png Vichy France Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia

North America

Dominion of Canada.png Dominion of Canada Costa Rica.png Costa Rica Cuba.png Cuba Dominican Republic.png Dominican Rep. El Salvador.png El Salvador Guatemala.png Guatemala Haiti.png Haiti Honduras.png Honduras Mexico.png Mexico Republic of Nicaragua.png Republic of Nicaragua Panama.png Panama United States.png United States

South America

Argentina.png Argentina Bolivia.png Bolivia Brazil.png Brazil Chile.png Chile Colombia.png Colombia Ecuador.png Ecuador Paraguay.png Paraguay Peru.png Peru Uruguay.png Uruguay Venezuela.png Venezuela

Asia

Afghanistan.png Afghanistan Bhutan.png Bhutan British Raj.png British Raj China.png China Chinese People's Republic.png People's Republic of China Guangxi Clique.png Guangxi Clique India.png India Iran.png Iran Iraq.png Iraq Israel.png Israel Japan.png Japan Jordan.png Jordan Korea.png Korea Lebanon.png Lebanon Manchukuo.png Manchukuo Mengkukuo.png Mengkukuo Mongolia.png Mongolia Nepal.png Nepal Oman.png Oman Palestine.png Palestine Philippines.png Philippines Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia Shanxi.png Shanxi Siam.png Siam Sinkiang.png Sinkiang Syria.png Syria Tannu Tuva.png Tannu Tuva Tibet.png Tibet Xibei San Ma.png Xibei San Ma Yemen.png Yemen Yunnan.png Yunnan

Africa

Egypt.png Egypt Ethiopia.png Ethiopia Liberia.png Liberia South Africa.png South Africa

Oceania

Australia.png Australia New Zealand.png New Zealand