They were just soldiers fighting for their country, right? Not Nazis. Comrades in arms, brave fighters, etc.
Three Arrows says no, and I learned a lot of things. The Holocaust and WWII were not separate things.
The officer class was fully enrolled in the antisemitic agenda, and were explicitly committed to genocide and enslavement. They kept their soldiers informed of the same, and they all knew exactly what they were fighting for. In particular, you have to sympathize with how Russia was shaped by this event: the Eastern Front wasn’t just a war, it was a campaign to exterminate the native population and enslave the few survivors to serve as captive labor to German colonizers. The Wehrmacht knew this. How could they not?
Don’t get cocky, fellow Americans. He ends on this quote from an American president.