Did the German Navy have chaplains?

Strange as it seems in Nazi Germany, the Navy and the Army had official chaplains split between Lutheran and Catholic. Until late in the war, the German Navy had mandatory church parade on Sundays, that is mandatory church attendance. Hitler once complained that he was prosecuting World War Two with the Prussian Army, a Christian Navy, and a Nazi Air Force.

There is a certain irony to this since neither the British nor Americans actually had mandatory church parade although church services were held every Sunday and all military units had official chaplains assigned to them. The Allies also made provisions for Jewish services to be held on Saturdays which, obviously, the Germans did not do.

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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