[Note: The main photo is actually of a werewolf from the film Dog Soldiers, rather than the “iffy movie” mentioned below. I went with that photo because it’s a badass representation of what a werewolf supersoldier might look like. Plus, I think Dog Soldiers is a good movie.]

I recently watched the apparently disliked Werewolves of the Third Reich, written and directed by Andrew Jones. Admittedly, I don’t dislike the film as much as some do, despite understanding some of the critiques levied against it. But this piece isn’t so much about that. It’s more about what the movie accomplished: It got me thinking about different story ideas involving things like mad scientists and Nazi werewolves. As you’ll see, I’m open to variations on these themes.

For example, I’m not ruling out Soviet werewolves or, of course, American werewolves. Basically, any werewolf can be a warrior for its tribe, or pack, or whatever the hell we’d call a bunch of werewolves fighting against each other, or against pathetic humans, for their obviously noble countrymen (or country wolves?). The rationale might be some horrible, racist Nazi stuff, or some horrible totalitarian Commie stuff, or maybe some horrible racist motives combing werewolves, majestic American flags, Uncle Sam, apple pie, or whatever Germans are into (bratwurst?).

Some Scenarios For Werewolf War Stories

Here’s an idea, sort of like the canceled Netflix series V Wars: The infection of the German werewolves spreads, turning the US into a werewolf nation. That’s a scary idea, right? Well, it turns out that non-literal “Nazi Werewolves” were a thing; That is, Nazi Germany had guerrilla fighters who were supposed to be especially fierce, even leaving behind a werewolf insignia considered “marks of the werewolf.” Additionally, Hitler even launched a military operation called “Operation Werewolf,” which all helps feed the idea that the Nazi ideology was spreading like a supernatural curse and enemy plague.

There is certainly plenty of animalistic brutality when tribes go to war with each other. In this context, strategic, temporary alliances might thrive on the alternate history timeline. Maybe one moment the US needs a way to fight back the Russians, and use German werewolves to do so. Then, who knows? Maybe the Soviets eventually use German werewolves against the US, but they come up with a scheme to harness the werewolf power for themselves against Germany itself. The potential for complicated, intricate doublecrossing is immense, and lycanthropic politics could cultivate vast quantities of ever-competing armies, ravaging big city and village alike, until what is ultimately left? Werewolf-tinged cannibalism, dude.

Along the way, maybe a mysterious male German soldier (let’s call him Stefan), knows something about the werewolf infection and his army of warriors, which the Soviets are trying to find out. That’s some spy movie shit right there! Then again, what if our werewolf story starts after the war? I think there is plenty of potential there. Check out these ideas!

Post-WW2 Werewolf Outbreaks w/ Options Aplenty

Let’s say it’s 1947 and a pair of US doctors have just gotten back from World War II, and they have a case of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The doctors are not the good-guy type, but perhaps to cure their own symptoms and gain fame, they believe they can cure soldiers of PTSD by doing an experimental operation on them. Maybe they turn to legends about lycanthropy for a cure, recognizing that werewolves have unique properties. Maybe they already knew werewolves were real even before any experiments.

At first they try to use some freakish LSD-like drug on the soldiers, but the soldiers rebel against them and tell the doctors they won’t undergo any more experiments. So the doctors perhaps resort to unsavory methods to attain patients/test subjects, and/or maybe resort to testing the serum on themselves. Or maybe the soldiers enjoy the drug, but it’s like LSD on steroids and changes them into crazed werewolves. Either way, I think you see the endless potential here.

Of course, it need not be reserved for any single war or time period in history, and no reasonable person expects the entire story to be entirely historically or scientifically accurate. Still, if a person can be relatively accurate and a reasonably competent storyteller, something like this could be pretty compelling.

What are your thoughts on Werewolves of the Third Reich and these war-related werewolf story ideas? Howl at us in the comments!

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