After the German National People's Party won the 1932 federal election, it began to eliminate political opposition and consolidate power. When the Kaiser: Wilhelm II, died on June 4, 1938, the military powers of the Monarchy were merged with the Office of the Chancellor, giving Alfred Hugenberg total dictatorial power. From then on until Hugenberg's death, all power was centralized in his hands, and his word was above law. As the Great Depression wracked the world's economies, the DNVP returned economic stability and ended mass unemployment with use of massive military spending and a mixed economy.
The DNVP, though taking many aspects of Italian Fascism, did not proclaim Germany as Fascist, but rather Nationalist and Conservative. Racism and antisemitism, though not a central feature of the regime, and the treatment of Jews and other minorities was one of the reasons for the souring of relations between Germany and Italy, culminating in the Mussolini-Hugenberg split of 1948. However, the German Reich did do many things akin to Mussolini's Italy, such as the imprisonment, murder or forced exile of liberal, socialist and communist elements within the country. The Christian Church was also oppressed, with many of their leaders in Germany killed, putting a further strain on the relationship between the Germans and their fiercely Catholic Italian allies.
The unified armed forces of Germany from 1933 to the regime's downfall was the Deutsches Volksarmee (German People's Army). This included the Landstreitkräfte (Land Forces), Kriegsmarine (Navy), and Luftwaffe (Air Force).