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German army apologized for posting the image of Nazi-era uniform as ‘retro fashion’

German military had to apologise after an employer mistakenly posted an image of army uniform of Nazi-era on Instagram.

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On Wednesday, the German Defence Ministry apologized for posting an image of a Nazi-era military uniform on Instagram.

The image was posted as an example of ‘retro fashion’. The Instagram post sent a wave of confusion among people provoking a massive backlash towards the Defence Ministry for a careless gaffe.

The image, with three swastikas-an official insignia of the Nazi army, was shared on the Instagram story with a caption: “Also #fashion is an aspect. To this day there are military-style elements of haute couture.”

The Instagram goof-up was followed by a press conference in Berlin from defence spokesman, Chrisitan Thiels, who apologized and declared it an ‘unacceptable mistake’.

According to media reports, the photo was allegedly posted as a part of a “uniform and fashion” social media campaign. The image depicted the uniform of a major of Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht.

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Thiels, explained that he has censured the employee who committed the mistake. He admitted that the mistake has gravely ruined the image of the German military and said that the post has caused ‘considerable irritation’.

He asserted that the employee had no political background motivation to post the image.

“Dear community, we apologize! We posted a photo of a Wehrmacht uniform used for a movie. The uniform is in an exhibit in our Military History Museum in Dresden. The intention was to show a photo story of a centuries-long influence of uniforms on fashion,” wrote the German military in the statement.

Tobias Linder, a German Parliament from Green Party demanded an explanation as to how the image made it to the official account of the German Military that has 300,000 followers.

Besides the press conference, the German Military also apologized to the people in a series of tweets. The German Military reiterated that extremism of any kind is discouraged in Bundeswehr.

The social media campaign was part of the German military strategy to expand its outreach on social media channels to motivate German youth to join the military services.

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Liebe Community, wir möchten uns entschuldigen! Uns ist gestern ein inakzeptabler Fehler unterlaufen. Wir haben ein Foto von einer Wehrmachtsuniform, die für einen Film genutzt wurde, gepostet. Die Uniform ist ein Ausstellungsstück in unserem Militärhistorischen Museum in Dresden. Dieses haben wir aber historisch nicht eingeordnet und zudem mit einer falschen und unpassenden Bildunterschrift versehen. Beabsichtigt war, eine Fotostory zum jahrhundertlangen Einfluss von Uniformen auf die Mode zu zeigen. Leider haben wir bei der Vielzahl der von uns erstellten Fotos dieses fälschlicherweise veröffentlicht. Das alles hätte so natürlich nicht passieren dürfen. Extremismus jeder Art ist bei der Bundeswehr ein absolutes No-Go. Wir untersuchen jetzt, was da schief gelaufen ist und wie wir das in Zukunft verhindern können. Es tut uns sehr leid! Wir arbeiten daran, die gewohnte Qualität unserer Beiträge wieder zu erreichen. /Social Media Team (Fotos: #Bundeswehr) #milstagram

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Bundeswehr is attempting to fight back the declining recruitment rate in the German military with influential marketing campaigns to show military services adventurous to youth.

The recruitment in the military has dropped significantly since the government revoked obligatory national service in 2011.

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