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OberKommando der Wehrmacht

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Old Key West

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OberKommando der Wehrmacht (Wehrmacht High Command)

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OKanagan West Electoral District

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Otto Kuhlmann Company

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One Kill Wonder

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Old King William’s

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The Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (German: [ˈoːbɐkɔˌmando deːɐ̯ ˈveːɐ̯ˌmaxt] (listen); German: [oːkaːˈveː] (listen); abbreviated OKW; lit. 'Upper Command of the Armed forces') was the High Command of the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Created in 1938, the OKW replaced the Reich War Ministry and had oversight over the individual High Commands of the country's armed forces: the Army (Heer), the Navy (Kriegsmarine), and the Air force (Luftwaffe). Rivalry with the different services' commands, mainly with the Army High Command (the OKH), prevented the OKW from becoming a unified German General Staff in an effective chain of command. It did help coordinate operations between the three services. During the war, the OKW acquired more and more operational powers. By 1942, OKW had responsibility for all theatres except for the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union. However, Hitler manipulated the system in order to prevent any one command from taking a dominant role in decision making. This "divide and conquer" method helped put most military decisions in Hitler's own hands, which at times included even those affecting engagements at the battalion level, a practice which, due to bureaucratic delays and Hitler's worsening indecision as the war progressed, would eventually contribute to Germany's defeat.

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