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Overview

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Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Western and Central Europe. Germany is a federal parliamentary republic of sixteen states. The capital and largest city is Berlin. It is the most populous member state and the largest economy of the European Union.

20th Century

Sometime prior to the outbreak of World War II Germany was visited by Bill Waring who came learn marksmanship as part of his training that saw him become the costumed hero known as the Challenger.[1]

World War II

By the 1930's the National Socialist German Workers Party and their leader Adolf Hitler rose to power. The party was one driven by anti-simetic ideals and racial purity, and committed some of the most horrific atrocities in human history. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939 it sparked World War II.

Battling with Allied Forces, the Nazi Germany was often set back in the conflict thanks to cover operations carried out by their enemies. Some of the earliest acts of sabotage[2] and espionage[3] against the Nazis were carried out by K-4 and the Sky-Devils.

As the conflict in Germany escalated, the Sub-Mariner declared war on the surface world. During his attack on the various nations of the world, Germany was briefly flooded by the Atlantean army until the Sub-Mariner was eventually stopped by the Human Torch.[4] Meanwhile, American news correspondent Keen Marlow was accused of being a spy and was incarcerated in the Strohn Concentration camp. There he met dying German scientist Professor Eric Schmitt. Schmitt had developed a variant of the Super-Soldier Serum and gave one of his last samples to Marlow, enhancing his body. Marlow then escaped from Strohn and became the costumed hero known as the Destroyer, and attacked the Nazis from within Germany.[5] Schmitt also provided his formula to Brian Falsworth who was also incarcerated at Strohn, he too was active in Germany as the Destroyer.[6] Nazi operative Dr. Dragon attempted to dig a tunnel between Germany and the United Kingdom under the Channel, the tunnel project was a failure when it was blown up by Marlow in his identity of the Destroyer.[7]

In early 1942, Hitler called a special meeting of Axis leaders at his mansion in the Black Forest region. Hitler, Japanese leader Hirohito and Italian leader Benito Mussolini were interrupted by the German resistance fighters the Victory Boys who delivered a humiliating defeat to the Axis leaders.[8] Later that same year, the Allied Forces air dropped comic books drawn by American artist Carl Burgos that mocked Hitler's regime, causing a serious blow to the German public opinion of their leader. In retaliation, Hitler sent an assassin to the US to kill Burgos, but he was stopped by the Human Torch and Toro.[9] The Nazis also attempted to build underground munitions factories beneath the forests of Germany, this and the creation of the Stone Man were thwarted by the Destroyer.[10][11] When the Nazis captured American commander General Spencer, he was tortured along the shores of Germany by Herr Demon but rescued by Captain America and Bucky.[12] Also during this period a group of Allied Soldiers dubbed the Terror Squad were captured and placed in a Nazi concentration camp until they managed to escape and flee into Russia.[13]

In 1943, the region was visited by the super-natural being known as Madam Satan and the spirit of Attila the Hun. Madam Satan's master (a being claiming to be Satan) had claimed that he was responsible for Hitler's rise to power. Unimpressed with Hitler's progress with the war, he sent Madam Satan and Attila to Earth to replace him. They took over the Nazi army at one of Hitler's many homes along the German country side. However, they were both banished thanks to the intervention of the Destroyer.[14] Shortly thereafter, Captain America and Bucky were captured by the Nazis and brought to a secret munitions factory somewhere in Germany. The two heroes broke free and with the help of enslaved French resistance fighters they destroyed the base and returned to the United States.[15] Later a train carrying high ranking Nazi officials to Berlin was intercepted by the Destroyer (Marlow) and German war resister Louis Frankel. They stopped the train long enough for it to be destroyed in a British air raid of the area.[16] Later the Destroyer assisted Free French resistance fighters in the city of Frankfort, by marking German munitions factories with luminescent paint for Allied bombers.[17]

On June 12, 1944, V-2 Rockets in France aimed toward England in France were sabotaged by American soldiers Combat Kelly and Cookie Novak causing the majority of them to strike Berlin. Furious over this set back, Adolf Hitler had the failure covered up.[18]

In the later part of 1944, Hitler was placed under medical care in one of his estates in Bavaria where he was apparently dying due to the guilt his subconscious felt over the destruction caused by his war. All of Hitler's impersonators were called to the home to plan what to do next attracting the attention of the Destroyer, who beat the imitators, but ultimately decided to leave Hitler to his fate.[19] Hitler was later seen in good health afterword, so this may have been a ruse to fool his enemies.

As the Nazis began to lose World War II in 1945, American soldiers Combat Kelly, Cookie Novak, and Captain Thorn fought along the Rhine Shore. Later in March of that year, the trio were dispatched to Hamberg to stop the Wolves, a group of loyal Nazis who were trying to reinforce the defensive against the Allied Forces.[20]

Post-War

Following the end of World War II, the Allied Forces organized the Postdam Conference which saw the division of Germany into zones occupied by the various Allied countries. The conference was targeted by escaped Nazi General Brinkhaus who used the meeting to try and assassinate President Truman, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Russian leader Joseph Stalin. This attempt was thwarted by the combined efforts of the Sub-Mariner, Captain America and the Red Guardian.[21]

With the outbreak of the Cold War, acts of espionage were rife in Germany between the United States and Russian Occupied Zones of the country. In 1955, Secret Service Agent Rick Davis went on a mission to Germany where he eliminated the Russian assassin known as the Hatchet Man,[22] while in the same year American soldiers Combat Kelly and Cookie Novak found themselves stationed in the American Occupied Zone as Military Police Officers following their tour of duty in the Korean War where they prevented acts of espionage in the American Zone.[23]

Modern Age

When Black Bolt confronted Thanos in hopes of preventing the Mad Titan's invasion of Earth in the search of his son, he unleashed a powerful attack that triggered a Terrigen Bomb and destroyed Attilan in the process.[24] The resultant Terrigen Cloud released in New York City began to circumvent the globe, striking Germany and transforming Humans of Inhuman descent including Iron Cross.[25]

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