The Wehrmacht (literally defence force) was the name of the German armed forces from 1935 to 1945.
In 1935, with the re-institution of conscription in Germany under Nazi government, the "Wehrmacht" became the official term for the German armed forces, previously known as the Reichswehr.
The Wehrmacht was organised into:
was Adolf Hitler
. In 1938
, after the Blomberg-Fritsch-Krise the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht
(OKW) under Wilhelm Keitel
was formed, intended to serve as military staff for Hitler.
The different branches of the Wehrmacht had different command organisations: OKH for the army, OKM for the Navy and OKL for the Air Force.
See also Nazi Germany, History of Germany
Exhibition "Verbrechen der Wehrmacht" about war crimes committed by the Wehrmacht