phylo_roadking wrote:There was NO mechanism in place [in Weimer Germany] for calling up, training, dressing, feeding let alone arming any enthusiatic volunteers.
Well .... how true is that?
One of the things scholarly trolling through all of the German archives has made clear is that right from the early 1920s (ie well before the Nazis), various German official entities were systematically subverting the Verseilles rearmament restrictions as energetically as they possibly could. This included everything from the secret retention of the general staff corps (hidden within the "Truppenamt"), to the glider clubs deliberately used to create a nascent luftwaffe, to the secret armoured training establishment in the USSR. All of those efforts preceded the Nazi rise to power by years.
So if they were doing all of that, what were they doing to prepare for mobilization? For one thing, the Reichswehr was designed for rapid expansion. Every private trained as an NCO so he could lead at least a section upon mobilization. Plus, did they not design they wehrkreis system in the 1920s (regional mobilization areas) which was utilized, essentially without modification, for the rapid build-up of the later 1930s and wartime mobilization after that?
While they did not have an actual active reserve, is it really true that Weimer Germany had "no mechanism for mobilization?"