Großdeutsches Reich
Greater German Reich

Flag of Germany (1935-45) Emblem of Germany (1933-45)
Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer
One People, one Realm, one Leader
Das Lied der Deutschen
Europe at the height of Nazi expansion
Government Republic
Head of state
- 1934-1945Adolf Hitler
- 1945Karl Dönitz
Head of government
- 1933-1945Adolf Hitler
- 1945Joseph Goebbels
- 1945Lutz von Krosigk
Legislature Reichstag
March 12, 1938Anschluss
September 30, 1938Munich Agreement
September 1, 1939Invasion of Poland
June 22, 1941Invasion of the Soviet Union
April 30, 1945Death of Adolf Hitler
May 8, 1945Surrender of Germany
Area696,265 km²
- 194190,030,775
Flag of Germany (1935-45) Third Reich
Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Flag of Danzig Danzig
Flag of Poland Poland
Flag of None Klaipėda Region
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Occupied Germany C-Pennant
Occupied Austria Flag of Austria
Czechoslovakia Flag of the Czech Republic
Poland Flag of Poland
Alsace-Lorraine Flag of None
Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg
Kaliningrad Flag of the Kaliningrad Oblast

The Third Reich (1938-1945) was a period when Germany as a national socialist state under the leadership of Adolf Hitler (|), had reached a point where it with the approval of other European states annexed territory from Austria and Czechoslovakia in 1938. In September 1939 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland igniting a world wide and six year long conflict commonly referred to as World War II (|). Despite a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union, Germany chose to invade its former ally in June 1941, forcing it to change sides and ally itself with the United States and the United Kingdom. Through a protracted armed conflict the United States, the United Kingdom and the USSR had by May 1945 conquered Germany militarily and defeated the Third Reich along with the Nazi leadership.

Head of state

  • Adolf Hitler () (August 2, 1934 - April 30, 1945)
  • Karl Dönitz () (April 30, 1945 - May 23, 1945)

Head of government

  • Adolf Hitler () (January 30, 1933 - April 30, 1945)
  • Joseph Goebbels () (April 30, 1945 - May 1, 1945)
  • Lutz von Krosigk () (May 1, 1945 - May 23, 1945)


German Polities

Neighbouring Nations