Well, it is nice to actually get some Kriegsmarine content here! Have no fear, I am sure more will be forthcoming.
Die Kriegsmarine History
The German Navy (Kriegsmarine) played a major role in the Second World War as control over the commerce routes in the Atlantic was crucial for Germany, Britain and later the Soviet Union.
In the Battle of the Atlantic, the initially successful German U-boat fleet arm was eventually defeated due to Allied technological innovations like sonar, radar, and the breaking of the Enigma code.
Large surface vessels were few in number due to construction limitations by international treaties prior to 1935. The "pocket battleships" Admiral Graf Spee and Admiral Scheer were important as commerce raiders only in the opening year of the war. No aircraft carrier was operational as German leadership lost interest in the German Navy's carrier, Graf Zeppelin, which had been launched in 1938.
Following the loss of the Bismarck in 1941, with Allied air superiority threatening the remaining battlecruisers in French Atlantic harbours, the ships were ordered to make the Channel Dash back to German ports. Operating from fjords of Norway, which had been occupied in 1940, convoys from the USA to the Soviet port of Murmansk could be intercepted even though the Tirpitz spent most of her career as Fleet in being.
Since the appointment of Karl Doenitz as Grand Admiral of the Kriegsmarine, Germany stopped constructing battleships and cruisers in favour of U-boats.
Is there a LOT of Kriegsmarine reenacting? No, not really, but there are some groups. If it interests you, why not give it a try? This hobby is one of doing and it is still also a HOBBY meaning we do it for fun and for what interests us. If the German Navy interests you, then by all means, why not put together an impression?
Anyway, there are some groups and as we find more we'll add them here :-) Give the ones we have a look and see if they interest you.
The 3rd Annual WWII and Veterans Weekend in St. Clair Shores Michigan is quickly becoming the premiere event in the region. Directors Paul Palazzolo and Jose Evangelista are committed to making it the most enjoyable event reenactors will participate in. Visit website for complete details.
This unit primary goal is to reenact German coastal artillerie. On the Allied side we reenact USMC. Former military is welcome. We have all the additional gear to conduct a full size Marine Corps HQ. We also display from Span am to present Marine Corps. Visit our website and join up. Bring your war stories, have a cup of Joe or a brew and relax, you are among brethren.