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GERMANY

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GERMANY 

 

Germany has an impressive post-war PSYOPS unit history and tradition.  

 

West Germany played an important role in the Cold War, and the modern unified Germany is playing an ever increasingly important role in NATO operations.  It is the WWII period, however, that many will remember and have fresh in their minds i.e. the NAZI Propaganda apparatus - State Propaganda Dept, the SS, or the army propaganda teams + Kriegsberichter (battlefield war reporter).

 

In addition, this section also deals with the East Germany (Soviet Bloc) PSYOPS component. 

 

The Germany folder is thus sub-divided into:

 

  • NAZI GERMANY WWII:  SS Propaganda Apparatus - the overtly politized PSYOPS infrastructure 
  • GERMANY WWII:  The Wehrmacht PSYOPS / Propaganda apparatus 

 

  • POST WAR West Germany  - PSK / PSV - OpInfo 
  • POST WAR  East Germany -  NVA

 

  • UNIFIED GERMANY - German Information Operations worldwide
  • ZENTRUM OPINFO  - ZOPINFO


The German military organisation for the conduct of psychological warfare is being centralised and given additional operational tasks "against opponents".

The psychological warfare unit ("Psycho Truppe") of the Bundeswehr which consisted until now of around 750 soldiers ("Bataillon Operative Information 950")

is seeking a world-wide role in future wars and is recruiting (amongst others) radio technicians, video specialists, computer experts and print journalists.

The Batallion works together with organisations which are suspected of secret service contacts.

Under the title "Operational Information" (Opinfo) the Bundeswehr bundles activities which it previously called "psychological warfare" and later "psychological defence"

(Psychologische Verteidigung - PSV). Connections were proven between former, prominent, National Socialist criminals and the organisation for "Psychological Warfare".

PSV "Psychological Defence" has been retasked by camouflaged measures to aggressive propaganda, which it carries on in a "Study Association for Contemporary Problems".

The Bundeswehr officers active in this field link their work with the lessons learned by Nazi propagandists and have given detailed papers on this in several publications (Reference FUS1).

National Socialist radio propaganda during the bloody occupation of France ("Radio Humanity") is described as giving "a fascinating grasp on contemporary history".

"Transmitter Station Sarajevo"

As the result of numerous concealed measures which became public knowledge in Germany and were described as "espionage activity", the Bundeswehr (overall armed forces command)

was forced to reorganise its psychological work in the late 1980s. The PSV (Psychological Defence) organisation was transferred to the army and temporarily reduced in strength.

With the military expansion of the enlarged German state the Propaganda Troop soon announced it was back in business (with the setting up of a transmitter station in Rajlovac/Sarajevo).

Since the attack on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the presence of a standing force of around 10,000 soldiers in foreign countries, the tasks of specialists in disinformation and

destabilisation via the media have been increased considerably. These tasks are being concentrated in a "Centre for Operational Information (Mayen/Rhineland Pfalz).

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