The Germans are called Moffen in Flanders and Les Boches in Wallonia, the Austrians called them Fritzen etc. Ordinary Germans called high-ranking Nazis Goldfasan. Luftwaffe pilots called enemy fighter planes Indianer (from the cowboys and Indians game).
Why did the British call the Germans Huns in both the world wars?
In WWI, the Allied propagandists noticed that the German soldier’s helmet with the pointed Pickelhaube resembled the ancient Hun pointed headdress and exploited this dramatically to paint them as ruthless and barbaric.
The US Army was very skilful to exploit this Hun image to instill fear and get more recruits.
"When you meet the enemy, he will be defeated! No quarter will be given! No prisoners will be taken! Those who fall into your hands are forfeit to you! Just as a thousand years ago, the Huns under their King Etzel made a name for themselves that make them appear awe-inspiring in tradition and myth, so shall you establish the name of Germans in China for a 1000 years, so that a Chinese will never again dare to look askance at a German."
Current German Attitudes Towards War
Many people would automatically equate Nazi aggression with Germany. But even they would have to admit the burden of guilt most Germans still feel about the past atrocities and the official apologies Germany has given repeatedly.
Many people (some of them very jealous of how Germany has rebuilt itself after two World Wars and become almost the richest and strongest country in Europe) think that the Marshall Aid given to war-torn European countries by USA went towards the reconstruction of Germany. In reality UK (3297 Million US Dollars) got three times more than Germany (1448 Million US Dollars), yet Germany has become the most prosperous nation in Europe without a single act of aggression used by the state against other nations since WWII. Anyone with even a scant knowledge of history could point out how UK stands apart.
Beside Germany, no other country involved in the world wars has made guilt and shame for past atrocities so obvious and visible in their culture. According to the most recent polls, almost 70% of Germans now want their troops to pull out of Afghanistan. The Germans reluctantly agreed to send soldiers to Afghanistan under serious pressure from USA, where only 58% oppose the war.
"The war is so unpopular that politicians won't even call it a war," said Alan Posener, political correspondent for the German daily newspaper Die Welt.
The current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been going on for so long that people are used to the pro-war "information". But are all the people deadened in their conscience? In USA, there is a fair amount of resistance among the young people against the Afghanistan war and military recruitment as this video shows.