|Greater German Reich|
|Motto: "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer" (German) "One People, one Reich, one Führer"|
|Anthem: Das Lied der Deutschen
followed by Horst-Wessel-Lied
|Government||Totalitarian dictatorship, Single-party state|
|-||Deputy Führer||Rudolf Hess|
|-||Machtergreifung||30 January 1933|
|-||Gleichschaltung||27 February 1933|
|-||Anschluss||12 March 1938|
|-||World War II||1 September 1939|
The Greater German Reich comprised territories ruled or administered by Nazi Germany. At its height after 1945, it beat the British Empire as the largest empire in history and beat the United States as the foremost global power. Its territory covered the majority of the Eastern Hemisphere including the Far East and Indochina (the latter of which was under Nazi occupation). By 1949, the Greater German Reich held sway over 1 billion people. The empire covered almost half of the Earth's total land area.
The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich (German Reich) from 1933 to 1943, and Großdeutsches Reich (Greater German Reich) from 1943 to 1991.
Common English terms are "Nazi Germany" and "Third Reich". The Holy Roman Empire (962-1806) was considered the "First Reich" and the German Empire (1871-1918) was considered the "Second Reich".