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Wehrmacht

[vair-mahkht; German veyr-mahkht] /ˈvɛərˌmɑxt; German ˈveɪrˌmɑxt/
noun
1.
the German armed forces of the years prior to and during World War II.
Origin
< German, equivalent to Wehr defense + Macht force
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Wehrmacht

/ˈveːrˌmaxt/
noun
1.
the armed services of the German Third Reich from 1935 to 1945
Word Origin
from Wehr defence + Macht force
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n.

"the armed forces of Germany," 1935, from German Wehrmacht (name of the armed forces 1921-1945), from Wehr "defense" (see weir) + Macht "might" (see might (n.)).

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